NCAA grants Braxton Beverly immediate eligibility

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The coaching change led Beverly to reconsider his decision to attend Ohio State and eventually transfer to NC State a month later.

Originally, the NCAA ruled Beverly ineligible after transferring from Ohio State University, forcing him to sit out a year due to transfer rules. Beverly then chose to transfer to NC State but was initially forced to sit out a year per the NCAA's transfer rules-if a player who has not graduated transfers from a Division I school to another Division I school, he is forced to sit out a year-even though he had only taken summer classes at Ohio State and never competed nor practiced officially with the team. The NCAA said Beverly can "compete immediately", which means he'll suit up against Bryant at PNC Arena. "He is very grateful", Tompsett said.

Beverly's initial appeal for a waiver was denied, and he had to miss NC State's opening two games.

The NCAA's decision drew widespread criticism for being needlessly harsh.

The optics of the NCAA ruling were even worse considering it came down on the same day as North Carolina escaped serious punishment for decades of gross academic fraud.

The school hired attorney Scott Tompsett to work on Beverly's behalf and a request to reconsider the decision was filed last week. But "based on additional information", the NCAA reconsidered and made the smart, obvious decision. An NCAA spokesman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!" Both Matta and Smith have expressed support for Beverly throughout this process.

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