Source: Nathan Harries OK to return

Updated: November 7, 2013, 1:56 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

Colgate freshman Nathan Harries has been cleared to play immediately, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.

The NCAA did not hear an appeal from Colgate, but rather, after a quick phone call with Harries on Thursday morning, "revisited" its earlier decision to suspend him for one year, the source said.

Harries initially was deemed ineligible by the NCAA because he played in three games in an unsanctioned summer league this summer. Harries had delayed his enrollment two years while doing a Mormon mission. NCAA rules stipulate that an athlete who does not enroll immediately after high school graduation cannot participate in organized games. 

A subcommittee was scheduled to hear an appeal from Colgate, but an NCAA official contacted the school Thursday after various media reports detailing Harries' case. The source said the NCAA conducted a brief interview with Harries and immediately called back with news it had reversed its decision.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the story.

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