Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher must serve a four-game suspension and repay $1,500 in benefits before his eligibility is restored, the NCAA ruled on Thursday.
The university immediately appealed the ruling and sought to have the suspension reduced by one game.
“Middle Tennessee State University respects the NCAAs decision but we do plan to make a formal appeal,” director of athletics Chris Massaro said in a release from the university. “The appeal process is already underway and we feel there is enough mitigation to warrant a three-game suspension.”
According to the NCAA’s ruling, the four-game suspension is “consistent with the committee guidelines for the facts of the case and the value of the extra benefits.”
Dasher, the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year, has sat out the Blue Raiders’ first two games – a loss to Minnesota and a victory over Austin Peay.
The suspension, originally issued by MTSU, stems from a $1,500 loan he received in violation of the NCAA’s rules for amateurism.
If the university’s appeal is granted, the senior will return to the field Sept. 25 at Louisiana-Lafayette. If he serves the full four-game suspension, he will be eligible to return Oct. 5, when MTSU plays Troy in a game that will be televised live by ESPN2.