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Undefeated College Football Program Caught Using Ineligible Player

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Well, it appears Ferris State's magical season on the football field might be all for nothing. Despite being the No. 2 team in the country for Division II, an eligibility issue could derail its hopes of playing for a national title.

Earlier this week, the university announced that the team used an athlete that was actually ineligible. Although it didn't last the entire season, Ferris State had this player during four games.

It turns out that the ineligible athlete is Dan Perry, who was a wrestler for the Michigan Wolverines in 2016. After that season, he transferred to Kent State to play football, but ended up redshirting that season.

Following his decision to sit out, Perry transferred to Ferris State. However, the NCAA rules would require him to miss the 2018 season, which he obviously didn't follow.

The university released a statement about the issue, saying "The student-athlete’s transfer history was complex, and the error by the department that certifies student-athlete eligibility was the result of a misinterpretation of a transfer rule."

It'll be worth monitoring this situation to see the possible consequences for Ferris State.

While the team is currently undefeated, it's certainly possible that they forfeit the wins from the four games with Perry.