Cameron Rodriguez nailed the promotional shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder's home game against the Denver Nuggets. The jubilation was short-lived after the NAIA informed Rodriguez that if he kept the money, he would lose his amateur status at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
The college appealed, and the NAIA said Tuesday that Rodriguez could use the half-court winnings as scholarship money.
"We're pleased with the decision from the membership and specifically the (national eligibility committee) that allows Cameron to keep his winnings to use toward his education," said Jim Carr, NAIA president and CEO.
The NAIA said the decision to use the prize as scholarship money was a joint recommendation by Rodriguez and the Southwestern College athletic department, which was supported by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Rodriguez, a sophomore, must maintain his amateur status throughout the remainder of his eligibility. He's said that he would have forfeited the money before giving up his college eligibility.
Eight lucky fans have hit the half-court shot, sponsored by a local bank, in 231 home games since the promotion started, according to the Thunder.
More Sports Headlines
Seahawks' Wilson says money has not changed him Reports: Seahawks' Lynch to have surgery, out at least a month Apple Cup matchup pits Cougars’ strength versus Huskies’ strength Silvertips' coach pleased with team’s effort despite losses McGrath: Keeping Falk on sidelines in Apple Cup a no-brainer Iannetta's deal with Mariners contains performance bonuses Steelers, who play Seahawks on Sunday, struggle on West Coast GM Dipoto isn’t done overhauling Mariners' roster
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.