Pembroke basketball player gets reprieve with another year of eligibility
Corbin said the NHIAA eligibility committee agreed with his ruling, but a majority of the members granted an appeal filed by the parents of Pembroke player Dominic Timbas because there was a possibility the eligibility bylaw had been interpreted inconsistently by other schools and administrators.
The bylaw in question limits players to eight consecutive semesters after they complete eighth grade.
Corbin said Pembroke sent the initial waiver request to the NHIAA, asking for Timbas’ eligibility to be extended by another year. Corbin denied it.
Corbin, who retires at the end of the month, said the eligibility committee’s decision in the appeal supported his findings last month, but indicated the bylaw may need to be reviewed to make certain it is being interpreted clearly — and in the same way — by all schools and administrators.
Corbin said his rulings on Timbas and other Pembroke players in the past have all been based on the facts and merits he saw in each case, not the schools involved.
The hostility was apparent earlier this year when NHIAA Division I schools voted to exclude Pembroke from next year’s schedule, despite the Spartans’ successful petition to move up a level from Division II.
The Spartans captured the Division II title last March, but later that month the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization stripped a Pembroke senior of his Player of the Year award after the player used posted an obscenity on Twitter.
School administrators had effectively overruled the head coaches at two Manchester schools. But last week the school board voted to have the athletics committee and the full board vote on the basketball schedules for next season, after District Athletics Director Chris Donovan said that two sets have been drawn up: one that includes Pembroke and one that does not.