HOUSTON University of Houston running back Charles Sims has been ruled ineligible for the 2010 season by the NCAA, school officials announced Tuesday afternoon.

Sims will remain a student at the University but will not compete in any games for the Cougars. When he returns, he will have two years of eligibility left.

Sims, who was expected to challenge for the starting spot, joined the Cougars out of Houston s Westbury High School. A year ago, he competed in 14 games, rushing for 698 yards and nine touchdowns.

Head coach Kevin Sumlin praised Sims for his attitude during the situation and expects Sims to continue to have a positive impact on his teammates.

Due to student privacy laws, officials from the Houston Athletics Department will have no further comment.

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