Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Sam Gardner  |  Last updated 8/18/13
The NCAA always seems to find ways to damage its reputation in the eyes of the public, and it seems to have found a new low with its most recent ruling. Steven Rhodes just finished a five-year commitment to the Marines, and this summer the 24-year-old approached Middle Tennessee State about playing football for the Blue Raiders. MTSU coach Rick Stockstill brought Rhodes (6-foot-3, 240 pounds) on as a walk-on and has been using him in practice as a tight end and defensive lineman. Unfortunately, you won't see Rhodes on the field this fall because of an obscure NCAA rule. According to the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Rhodes played in a military-only recreational football league in 2012, putting him in violation of NCAA bylaw 14.2.3.2.1. "Steeped in layers of legal jargon," the Daily News Journal report said, "the rule essentially says that student-athletes that do not enroll in college within a year of their high school graduation will be charged one year of intercol...
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