Braxton Beverly granted waiver, will play for NC State immediately


Braxton Beverly, the former Perry County Central star who twice had been denied eligibility by the NCAA under its transfer rules, will be able to play Tuesday night after winning his latest appeal. The NCAA announced its decision Tuesday, less than two hours before the Wolfpack hosted Bryant.

Beverly committed to coach Thad Matta and Ohio State a year ago, and enrolled at the school early. "He is very grateful", Tompsett said. "Braxton is ready to compete for the NC State Wolfpack!" Beverly was taking summer school classes when Matta was let go.

"When (Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts) told me that my appeal had been denied earlier this week, I could tell how upset he was", Beverly wrote on his personal blog.

On Tuesday, the NCAA informed NC State that it had not only met the threshold that the information was new, but that the denial decision had been reversed to allow Beverly to play immediately.

It worked this time.

"Braxton is absolutely thrilled with the NCAA's decision to make him immediately eligible to compete for N.C. State this season", Tompsett said.

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.

Whatever that new information is, it helped the NCAA arrive at a decision that almost every single observer of the sport has called for in Beverly's situation.