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Eagles kick off new season at Illinois; senior guard DeLeon ruled ineligible

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Eastern Washington will officially kick off the 2008-09 season tonight, playing on the road against the Fighting Illini of Illinois.  And they'll be playing without one of their seniors who was just declared ineligible.

The University said senior guard Adris DeLeon was declared ineligible because of a mix-up with what courses he needed.  The school said it plans to appeal the decision.

The Illini are coming off a 16-19 season in which they didn't make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.

Eastern Washington and the Illini have never played. The Eagles

finished 11-19 last season.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

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