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Braxton Beverly granted immediate eligibility by NCAA, will play against Bryant

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In a significant upset, common sense has emerged the winner in an NCAA compliance case. The NCAA reversed course on Braxton Beverly’s case Tuesday, granting him immediate eligibility. Beverly will be in uniform and is going to play against Bryant tonight, per NC State basketball SID Craig Hammel.

Beverly opted out of his scholarship at Ohio State after Thad Matta got fired, but he’d already started summer courses at that point, so the NCAA, in all its pedantic idiocy, characterized Beverly as an undergraduate transfer rather than a high school free agent recruit.

After NC State appealed that decision to no avail, Beverly’s family opted to hire a lawyer, and it would appear that made a considerable difference. It took less than a week for the NCAA to change its mind on this issue once the Beverlys lawyered up. How ‘bout that.

So welcome aboard for real this time, Braxton. And we’ll see you on the floor tonight.