The NCAA came to its senses and has reversed course on the decision to make ex Marine Steven Rhodes sit out a year to play at Middle Tennessee State University. Here is the statement the Kevin Lennon of the NCAA released:
As a part of its continued review of Steven Rhodes’ eligibility, NCAA staff determined he may play immediately. Additionally, he will maintain all four years of his eligibility.
Throughout this process, NCAA staff worked closely with Middle Tennessee State University, and we appreciate the school’s partnership.
As a part of the ongoing review of NCAA rules, our members will examine the organized competition rules, especially as it impacts those returning from military service.
We thank Steven for his service to our country and wish him the best as he begins college.
This was one issue that everyone thought the NCAA got wrong. It’s nice to see them apply some common sense on this one.