Stanford's Lopez to sit out early portion of schedule

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford 7-foot forward Brook Lopez will not play for the Cardinal in the fall quarter after being ruled academically ineligible, the university announced Monday.

"This is disappointing for all of us, including Brook," coach Trent Johnson said in a statement. "He has fallen short on his academic responsibilities and is aware of what needs to be done in order to improve his academic standing with Stanford and our basketball program. At the same time, we feel that this could be a positive learning experience for him."

Lopez will be able to practice with the team while he is ineligible. If he meets NCAA requirements this fall, he would be eligible to play following the university's exam break in mid-December.

The Cardinal's first game after the break is Dec. 19 against Santa Clara. They open the season Nov. 9 against Harvard in the first game of the Basketball Travelers Classic.

"Unfortunately, I have failed to live up to my academic requirements and take full responsibility for what has happened," Lopez said in a statement. "I regret letting down my team, the university and everyone who supports me."

Lopez, a sophomore, averaged 25.2 minutes, 12.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game last season. He played in 26 games, making 18 starts, and was named to the 2006-07 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Lopez was also tabbed an Honorable Mention selection on the All-Pac-10 squad.