Yesterday afternoon, radio personality John Canzano tweeted that the NCAA was on a phone call with the Oregon State men’s soccer team in regards to an issue that transpired during the Elite Eight match against UNC. The issue? The Beavers may have used an ineligible player, Javier Armas, during the game, who wasn’t supposed to play after racking up eight yellow cards during the season.
Good news... Oregon State men's soccer is in the College Cup.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) December 7, 2023
Bad news... NCAA is on a conference call with OSU admins now. Beavers may have used an ineligible player in the quarterfinals. Javier Armas got 8th yellow card (11/25 v. SMU) and should have sat out quarterfinal.
For those that might’ve missed the match, the Tar Heels fell to the Beavers 1-0 thanks to a goal scored by Dante Williams in the 36th minute. UNC only managed to take one shot on goal, so any attempts at a comeback were stymied to say the least. The Heels are now 8-4-2 all-time in the Elite Eight, and Oregon State will face Notre Dame this weekend in the College Cup.
For those wondering what the punishment could be for the Beavers, both Armas and head coach Greg Dalby are suspended for this weekend’s contest. There are a number of people online questioning why Oregon State isn’t being forced to forfeit, but per the NCAA rules the most that could be done is the suspensions that were handed out.
Explanation from NCAA spokesperson on the suspension of Oregon State's Javier Armas and coach Greg Dalby.... Armas has eight yellow cards and should have sat out the quarterfinal game on Dec. 2, but played: pic.twitter.com/Hol6VBUanL— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) December 7, 2023
Still, one has to wonder how nobody seemed to notice that Armas shouldn’t have been on the field. I don’t know that the result would’ve changed had he sat, but it is still interesting to witness the kind of chaotic energy that has most often been associated with revenue sport officials. I guess we will see if they’re able to overcome their penalty and move on to the championship game, or if Notre Dame will be able to capitalize on this bizarre situation.