NCAA grants Beverly immediate eligibility

Ross Houston
November 15, 2017

The NCAA has reversed its decision and will allow N.C. State freshman point guard Braxton Beverly to play immediately. In a statement, the NCAA said "additional information" led it to reconsider and grant NC State's transfer waiver request.

Beverly will play Tuesday night against Bryant, the school said.

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The transfer rule has been waved a fair amount for extenuating circumstances-all Penn State football players were permitted to transfer and compete right away after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, for example, and the sit-out rule is often waved if a player is moving closer to home to be with a sick loved one. The NCAA originally ruled that because he had attended classes he would be treated as any other Division I transfer and subject to sitting out a year - even though he was only briefly at Ohio State and only looked to leave after Matta's unorthodox firing in the middle of the summer.

After a waiver request and subsequent appeal, Beverly was still ineligible. Beverly's case centered around the fact he took summer courses at Ohio State before a late coaching change prompted him to seek his release and ultimately join the Wolfpack. A final request for reconsideration for his eligibility was submitted after the appeal failed.

Beverly left Ohio State for N.C. State after OSU fired Thad Matta in June. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!"

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