NCAA reverses decision, NC State's Braxton Beverly eligible to play

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The Hazard, Kentucky, native enrolled in a summer class at Ohio State - the red flag that the NCAA paid close attention to.

Braxton Beverly, the former Perry County Central star who twice had been denied eligibility by the NCAA under its transfer rules, will be able to play Tuesday night after winning his latest appeal.

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Scott Tompsett, Beverly's attorney, released a state that said the freshman is "absolutely thrilled" by the NCAA's decision. Beverly then made a decision to transfer to NC State but was initially forced to sit out a year per the NCAA's transfer rules-if a player who has not graduated transfers from a Division I school to another Division I school, he is forced to sit out a year-even though he had only taken summer classes at Ohio State and never competed nor practiced officially with the team. Beverly essentially lost the right to play this season because he had the nerve to get a head start on his college education and to reconsider what school he wanted to attend after a head coaching change. Even though the cases were unrelated, the message was clear: Paper classes were fine but going to summer classes was a cardinal sin. According to NCAA bylaws, N.C. State had to file new information which wasn't initially available in order for the decision to be reconsidered. However, Beverly then hired a lawyer and submitted a final request for reconsideration to the NCAA, resulting in his immediate eligibility. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!"

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