Found August 18, 2013 on
This is just plain wrong. The geniuses that run the NCAA have ruled a freshman defensive end for Middle Tennessee State, Steven Rhodes, ineligible for the coming season, but not for any of the usual reasons. There were no impermissible benefits, questionable recruiting activity, or horrendous grades involved.
He just happened to play in an intramural league while serving our country for the last five years in the Marine Corp.
The rule that the NCAA is using against him is kind of vague leaving it open to interpretation a little too much. I understand why they do it that way; so that they have a little flexibility with it and are not held to a strict interpretation. However, this time they really screwed it up.
According to the rule in question (NCAA bylaw 18.104.22.168.1) the NCAA charges a player with a year of eligibility for every year they play in an organized, competitive competition after high school. Since the intramural league that Rhodes played in during his time...
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The NCAA may have reached a new low — if that’s even possible.
After serving five years in the Marines, Steven Rhodes enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and walked onto the MTSU football team. The 24-year-old freshman made the team, playing both tight end and defensive end during the preseason. But now, with the Blue Raiders’ first game a little over a week away...
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. Steven Rhodes knew the news had to be good when Middle Tennessee State University president Sidney McPhee and athletic director Chris Massaro showed up during Mondays football practice.
It was the plight of Rhodes, a former Marine and Blue Raiders walk-on, and his attempt at gaining eligibility this season that had caused a national whirlwind since his story...
A Middle Tennessee State freshman who completed five years of active service in the Marines this summer is appealing an NCAA rule which prevents him from playing this season because he competed in a recreational league in the military.
The rule essentially says student-athletes who do not enroll in college within a year of graduating high school will be charged one year of collegiate...
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A bunch of bumbling buffoons, this is a clown show, there is no excuse for this... The person at the NCAA that made this decision should be fired immediately and sent home in disgrace. I am for veterans rights and he served his country with honor...