NC State published an essay by Braxton Beverly on Monday night that puts his recent eligibility quarrel with the NCAA into better context as he explains in some detail about how he ended up at Ohio State early ... and how, ironically, that ended up being a bad thing.
Here is a chunk of the particulars:
I went ahead and enrolled in Ohio State in early May. The only reason I was able to enroll at Ohio State in early May is because I had graduated from my post-grad year at Hargrave two months earlier in March. If I had stayed my whole post-grad year at Hargrave, I wouldn’t have been able to enroll at Ohio State until June.
Beverly adds later that the day Thad Matta was fired was the day he would have enrolled had he not gotten to Columbus early. He stayed in school a couple more weeks before getting his release, and we all know what’s gone on in the time since.
I don’t know if this essay could make any sort of difference in the case—I assume it won’t—but it’s definitely not a bad idea to keep this situation in the public eye for as long as possible. Some national media folks already have picked up on it, and hey, maybe the NCAA will just get tired of the negative attention and say, “okay, fine.”
Extremely wishful thinking, I know, but a small part of me keeps believing that surely, surely somehow eventually they will come to their senses on the matter.