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Fields denied admission to DePaul

Ronnie Fields, one of the nation's top high school basketball players, has been denied admission to DePaul University after failing to meet academic requirements.

"Ronnie Fields has not met the academic standards that DePaul requires for admission, nor has he met the NCAA initial eligibility requirements," athletic department spokesman Scott Reed said Monday night.

Fields, a 6-foot-4 guard from Chicago's Farragut Academy, had been expected to sit out his first season under Proposition 48, an NCAA standard that requires incoming freshmen to have a 2.0 grade-point average in 11 core subjects and combined 700 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT to play. Mike Simmons, a 210-pound running back from New Bern High, will not enroll at North Carolina this fall after failing to meet the NCAA's minimum eligibility requirements, Tar Heels coach Mack Brown said.

VOLS DOWN ONE: The NCAA has cut one football scholarship from Tennessee's allotment next year for a secondary rules violation involving former assistant coach Steve Marshall.

UT athletic director Doug Dickey said the NCAA's punishment means Tennessee will have 24 initial grants-in-aid available when the next football signing period begins in February.

BIG-TIME MATCHUP: Defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Wake Forest will meet Final Four participant Mississippi State in the opening game of the Great Eight Basketball Festival at Chicago's United Center in early December. Pairings for the two-day event will include seven of the eight teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament regional finals last season.