ONLY ON 3: Alfy Hill enrolls at ECU

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Submitted: Wed, 08/25/2010 - 3:05am
Updated: Wed, 01/09/2013 - 8:36pm

SHALLOTTE, NC (WWAY) — Linebacker Alfy Hill has enrolled at East Carolina less than a week after he was ruled an academic nonqualifier at Alabama. Alabama had said the NCAA’s eligibility clearinghouse didn’t accept certain classes Hill took as core courses for certification. East Carolina says Hill’s high school is working with the NCAA to appeal the decision, though Hill will likely sit out this season.

Hill played at West Brunswick, located near the state’s southeast coastline. He was a four-star prospect on and was the first player from North Carolina to sign with the Crimson Tide since the 1980s.

“The (NCAA) Eligibility Center has declined to accept certain courses taken at Alfy Hill’s high school as core courses for use in certification,” Alabama compliance director Mike Ward said in a statement. “This has resulted in Alfy being deemed a non-qualifier. We will continue to assist the high school in their efforts to have the course re-evaluated by the eligibility center.”

Tuesday the former West Brunswick Trojan told WWAY he’ll be attending East Carolina University this fall.

“All of this happened really fast when I found out that I wouldn’t be able to play football at the University of Alabama,” Hill said. “Someone gave me a phone call. They asked me if I was interested in ECU. I said I’d take a look.”

But Hill says he will not be able to play football at East Carolina this year. He plans to be back on the field for the 2011 season.

“I sat out my 10th grade year, so I know what it feels like,” Hill said. “This will be different, though, because it’s college, but I plan to get better, faster, stronger in order to be ready for 2011.”

While Hill looks forward to next year, it means he will not get to play this year for the defending national champion Crimson Tide.

“They told me I was going to start on special teams, and I’d get in on other plays as well, but that’s over with now,” Hill said. “I have to go work on my new stuff.”

The Coach’s Corner will air even more of Hill’s interview Sunday morning on WWAY at 11:30 a.m. West Brunswick football coach Jimmy Fletcher will detail the specifics of the case on the Coach’s Corner as well.


  • SurfCityTom says:

    Chuckles. He was ruled ineligible. Not certain what you do not understand about that.

  • chris berman says:

    I don’t understand how you think Joe Namath has anything to do with this… when he went to school, they were still dipping their feathers in ink to write papers.

  • Tyler says:

    You can continue to have that outdated, ignorant opinion of ECU all you want to but it simply isn’t the truth. Just like you don’t know what you’re talking about with ECU, you don’t know what you’re talking about with Alfy Hill or Alabama or unc@ch. This is a result of the NCAA screwing this kid over by clearing him to play based on his HS classes and then deciding that one class was no longer acceptable. As a result he is a non-qualifier and can’t play this year anywhere. If the SEC allowed NQ’s he would still be at bama but would have to pay his own way without any athletic scholarship assistance. As things stand now CUSA doesn’t have a restriction on NQ’s like the SEC or ACC so he decided to come here. unc@ch and bama and schools just like then accept just as many NQ’s as we do they just send then to a prep school or the joco route. So next time you wanna get on you’re high and mighty soap box do us all a favor and jump off a cliff.

  • Guest Blue Devil says:

    However, if he was a bright high school student with high grades and SAT/ACT scores, he chose ECU because he likes partying more than studying. People choose ECU and UNCW to have a good time. Neither school is picked for its academic reputation.

  • Guest says:

    ECU made a great move. As soon as Bama found out he could not play in 2010 they pulled his scholarship and gave it to another kid to play this year. He could have stayed in school at Bama and sat out of football for 1 year just like he will at ECU except he would have paid out of state tuition. East Carolina offered the same situation close to home and less expensive.. What many top athletes look for is exposure and ECU also offers a path to the NFL, Alabama has 32 active NFL players while ECU has 15 including a starting QB and #1 running back.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    UNCW was ranked one of the best schools by Forbes and one of the best Masters programs by Business Week.

    Both were within the past 10 days.

    Maybe you need to come into the 21st Century.

  • Guest says:

    Maybe he “chose” ECU because ECU offered him a chance to make something of himself. That follows ECU’s original mission. Don’t forget that this young man cannot play football at ECU until he successfully completes a year of school. That is a year of college he will have under his belt. Many kids don’t go to college for many different reasons. This kid will go and I, a three time alumni from ECU with a doctorate and damn good job, am mighty glad that he is going to my university. The fact he may also play football there is a bonus. Before you spout statistics about this university or that university, you’d better know what you are talking about and how rankings are determined. It might surprise you a bit.

  • Guest says:

    I was accepted to Davidson, UNC-CH, and ECU. I had very limited funds and ECU offered more money, work, etc . . .and I was able to help my Dad with his farming. After I received my BA at ECU, I received my MBA from UNC-CH. I felt I was well prepared for MBA school. Bottom line: I did not choose ECU to party. I worked. I’m proud of ECU and UNC . . . and I would do it all again. The one class that I never could find at ECU but seems to be offered in several area schools: Arrogance 101. It seems some folks really excel at that subject/skill. In fact, some on this board have graduate degrees in it.

  • Guest says:

    Another WalMart dookie!

  • Guest says:

    All universities make exceptions for good athletes. Even Duke. I know because I have family on admin at Duke and Vanderbilt so get over yourself. Today all colleges party and all make their exceptions for the gifted one way or another.

  • Jerri Hankins says:

    I went to ECU and learned real good. I had to atend Wayne Community until I got my grades up higher but did my last two years at ECU and I say go Pirates because I got a good job as Cherry Point. As a academic adviser for the marines who want to go to college at nite.

  • taxpayer says:

    “I went to ECU and learned real good.”

    >Apparently you didn’t.

    “As a academic adviser for the marines who want to go to college at nite.”

    >Care to finish the sentence? I’m going out on a limb here, but don’t you mean “night” and not “nite”?

    Me thinks a refresher course in grammar and spelling would benefit you.

  • Guest757 says:

    The cost of in state and out of state doesn’t have anything to do with him. He’s not paying at either full ride for football.

    It doesn’t say a lot about ECU.
    Every student in New Hanover County knows that ECU is their saftey school if all other colleges say no to them.

    It really just says ECU isn’t a very good academic school at all.

    Or they just don’t care who they let in

  • Guest says:

    Don’t attack ECU acedemics. My son has a great undergraduate and graduate degree from ECU and his job is outstanding! Don’t attack what you, obviously, have no insight into.

  • guesty says:

    Sweet, you are now a military base. I wonder if I could get the job of Camp Lejeune….

  • Guest says:

    You know, in the time that I have lived in North Carolina, the arrogance of UNC ( and the snooty way you want to be referred to as “going to, attending, etc. Chapel Hill”) people is simply unbelievable! Tom, you just must be one of the MOST negative people around. Joe Willy was accepted almost 47 years ago, and regardless of what your narrow mind may think, entrance standards have changed. Why don’t you take a look at the maneuvering happening with UNC’s football program before you get all high and mighty as you appear to be one living in a glass house right now.

    The University of Alabama CANNOT accept non-qualifiers per SEC regulations, which is the same procedures followed by other conferences. Conference USA, however, CAN accept non-qualifiers. We also couldn’t begin classes- which was last Wednesday- with fewer than 85 scholarship athletes enrolled, so your UNC product assistant coach at West Brunswick either was misquoted by newspapers in making it appear that somehow the university was bailing so fast on Alfy, or he needs to get his butt off of his shoulders. Alfy has gotten bad advice all the way around, but West Brunswick High School failed him. The NCAA makes the lists of classes that they accept in circumstances such as his available for public viewing online EVERY year. Why Coach Fletcher, who is also a guidance counselor, didn’t know this is beyond me. Regardless, the NCAA screwed this young man, most importantly, and the university by their actions. We wish him nothing but the best. This should have never happened.

  • Guest says:

    I believe he could have still attended Alabama and sat out a year. Unless Alabama doesnt accept non-qualifiers. But he would have been non-scholarship and would have had to pay out of state tuition. Going in-state to ECU is alot cheaper I would imagine.

  • Guest9381 says:

    “What does that say about ECU?”

    What does this say about West Brunswick?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    Alabama has one of the lowest admission standards around. Remember they accepted Joe Namath after he was turned down by Maryland & Penn State.

    This young man had intended to play at Chapel Hill until he was turned down for the same reasons which now affected his decision to attend Alabama.

    What does that say about ECU?

    If he can regain his eligibility, it’s a great opportunity for ECU. I believe he was ranked #-4 in the country for his recruiting class.

    One of life’s lessons. College Athletics revolves around performing and winning.

  • Guest says:

    You obviously don’t know anything about the situation. He was qualified to enroll at Alabama. It was the NCAA that came back (after they originally qualified him) and declared him ineligible to be an athlete this year. The kid successfully completed 3 summer courses at Alabama before all of this went down.

    This says nothing about ECU. What is says is that the NCAA needs to get their crap together. They ruled him ineligible because they didn’t approve of some courses he took in high school. The same courses that available to any student at his high school.

  • Gene says:

    There is nothing wrong with tutors. If the school is earning millions because of their athletic teams, then the schools should ensure that the athletes get a good education. That’s the deal and tutors are a part of it. I’m all for helping students succeed.
    As for special admissions, they happen at every school, and some occur outside athletics. A kid could be a gifted musician, or even a whiz in mathematics but not a very good all around student. These students enhance the overall character of the school as well.
    Interesting fact: the number of special admissions for the UNC football team has declined every year that Butch Davis has been head coach.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    why is it so many wish to use the term negative when the real issue is reality.

    Reality, the young man could not gain admission to UNC. He was accepted at Alabama. Way back when that was anounced, I wished the young man well and suggested he grow a thick skin as football is a business at Alabama. You succeed on and off the field or you’re gone.

    Reality, for whatever reason, Alabama could not allow him to suit up or practice. Nor, apparently, could they, or would they, work to get a Pell Grant and some scholarship money for him to remain on campus until the qualification issue was resolved.

    Reality, ECU took advantage of the opportunity to have a first rate athlete join them. They did arrange the Pell Grant to enable him to attend college at little or no cost.

    Chuckles, part of the problem in this country is that when facing reality, some fail to do so and resort to comments like negative.

    I guess you’re not alarmed at the trillions of debt which Washington has placed on the backs of the American taxpayers.

    I guess the billions of debt which the Easley and Perduc administrations have placed on the North Carolina taxpayers and the $143,000,000 which the State begins paying annually on that debt does not alarm you.

    That’s reality too; but I guess in your mind it’s better to call my comments negative rather than face reality and the burdens actions like these place on our future generations.

  • Guest says:

    Anyone on here wants to question ECU or any other universities need shut up and understand. Even Vanderbilt, Duke, Harvard and all other schools have exceptions and manipulate for great athletes.They either get them into prep schools or tutors (ha ha) I know this because I have a family member at Vanderbilt and Duke and they told this to me years ago. So get real. They are ALL the same when it comes to good athletes

  • Guest555 says:

    My son plays baseball, and you know what I teach him YOU HAVE TO GET GOOD GRADES throughout your school years so you can play. Does not matter what school you attend you have to get good grades….come on people.

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