The NCAA upheld a nine-game suspension for BYU forward Yoeli Childs for mistakes he made while testing the NBA draft waters this spring.
Childs, the Cougars’ leading scorer last season, did not submit the appropriate paperwork and received impermissible expenses while working with an agent.
“There was some confusion with this new process, and I made decisions that have caused an outcome that none of us like,” Childs said Friday. “I just want everyone to know that my intent was never to do something wrong.”
The two-time All-West Coast Conference selection decided in May to return for his senior season.
The school said Childs had paid back all the expenses, with interest, but the NCAA rejected BYU’s appeal. Childs will have to sit out the first nine games in 2019-20.
“Amid the confusion of the NCAA allowing student-athletes to sign with agents and still return to school, Yoeli was caught in the transition of a changing landscape,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement.
Childs averaged 21.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 32 games in 2018-19. His three-year career averages include 16.1 points, 8.8 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game.