NCAA reconsiders ruling, clears NC State's Beverly to play

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The NCAA finally acceded to NC State, Braxton Beverly and public sentiment. He chose to transfer two weeks later with a full release from Ohio State and a letter of endorsement from Matta to the NCAA.

It may have taken the NCAA awhile to get to this decision - and that time cost Beverly two games to star N.C. State's season - but ultimately, it's hard to see how the final decision was anything but the correct one.

After the NCAA twice ruled him ineligible to play for the N.C. State Wolfpack this season, the freshman guard was granted immediate eligibility on Tuesday and will be in uniform for the Wolfpack's game with Bryant Tuesday night at PNC Arena.


The announcement ends a monthslong process of waiver requests and appeals after Beverly, an incoming freshman, chose to transfer from Ohio State after Thad Matta's abrupt firing this summer.

Beverly enrolled at Ohio State last May and took summer classes for one month before that school fired basketball coach Thad Matta.

In a statement, Beverly's attorney, Scott Tompsett, said Beverly is "absolutely thrilled" by the ruling and thanked the NCAA for reconsidering its initial stance. Wolfpack assistant A.W. Hamilton coached Beverly last season at Hargrave. The Buckeyes eventually moved to fire Matta, but not until June when Beverly had been already attending classes. "It was the right choice for a young man caught in a hard situation not of his own making".

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