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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Sidney Mcphee
The NCAA says it's working with Middle Tennessee and hasn't made a final decision on the eligibility of a freshman attempting to play after serving five years in the Marines.
The NCAA initially had ruled Rhodes' participation in recreational leagues during his time in the Marine Corps disqualified him from playing for Middle Tennessee, but reversed course Monday after a firestorm of criticism over the previous 24 hours.
The NCAA has ruled that a Middle Tennessee football player who spent five years in the Marines will be allowed to compete this fall and that he will have four years of eligibility remaining.
Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic will join Conference USA, leaving the Sun Belt as part of the ever-changing college landscape.
Before the ruling came down, Middle Tennessee President Sidney McPhee said it was a "no brainer" to allow Rhodes to play.
"This is exciting news for Steven and Middle Tennessee State University," McPhee said in a statement. "We express our gratitude to the NCAA for reviewing this situation and granting Steven the ability to play this fall. We are hopeful that the NCAA will look at the bylaws regarding all individuals who serve in the military before becoming a student-athlete."