Nevada junior running back Vai Taua has been ruled academically ineligible for the Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, the university announced Saturday.
Taua, who did not travel with the team, is the Wolf Pack's leading rusher with 1,345 yards and 10 touchdowns. Nevada has the nation's top rushing offense.
"I'm upset and disappointed that Vai didn't fulfill his obligations as a student-athlete," Nevada coach Chris Ault said. "He has let his team down and I will evaluate his future with the program after the bowl game. Our focus now is on the upcoming game and our program is moving forward in that direction."
Graham Watson covers college football for ESPN.com