=== NCAA reverses field, rules Marine eligible for MTSU ===
Murfreesboro, TN (Sports Network) - The NCAA reversed its field on Monday and
ruled Steven Rhodes, who spent five years in the Marines, was eligible to play
The 24-year-old Rhodes, a projected defensive end and possibly tight end, will
maintain all four years of his eligibility, the NCAA said.
The organization originally said Rhodes was not eligible because he played in
a recreational league during his time of service in the Marines.
"Throughout this process, NCAA staff worked closely with Middle Tennessee
State University, and we appreciate the school's partnership," Kevin Lennon,
the NCAA's vice president of academic and membership affairs, said. "As a part
of the ongoing review of NCAA rules, our members will examine the organized
competition rules, especially as it impacts those returning from military
"We thank Steven for his service to our country and wish him the best as he
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Rhodes, from Antioch, Tenn., will major in aerospace
Rhodes found out in the middle of practice that he was granted eligibility.
"It gives you a whole different mindset. You feel like you have new life," he
08/19 20:29:17 ET