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NCAA: Marine can play immediately

Updated: August 20, 2013, 1:07 PM ET
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The NCAA ruled Monday that Middle Tennessee State freshman Steven Rhodes can "play immediately" after serving five years in the Marines.

"Additionally," NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs Kevin Lennon said in a release, "he will maintain all four years of his eligibility."

It's a reversal from the NCAA's earlier decision to rule Rhodes ineligible because he played in a recreational league during his military service. School officials had said ...

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