- Braxton Beverly’s appeal for eligibility in the 2017-18 season has been denied by the NCAA. Beverly transferred to North Carolina State from Ohio State after head coach Thad Matta was unexpectedly fired late in the college basketball offseason. Because Beverly attended summer classes at OSU, he is required to sit out a season as a transfer.
The NCAA has made yet another decision regarding student-athlete eligibility that has many scratching their heads.
On Monday North Carolina State announced that its appeal to make freshman Braxton Beverly eligible for the 2017-18 had been been denied by the governing power of college athletics.
Beverly was originally slated to play for Ohio State, but left the Buckeyes program after the the sudden firing of head coach Thad Matta in June and transferred to North Carolina State. While Beverly had not played yet for Ohio State, he had enrolled in summer classes ahead of his freshman season (as many college athletes do). Due to his enrollment in those classes he will have to sit out his first year at North Carolina State.
“Disappointed would be an understatement for how I feel for Braxton, he’s devastated,” NC State coach Kevin Keatts said in a statement. “This is a situation where adults failed a young man and he’s the one paying the price.”
NCAA rules about transfers are in place to prevent players from jumping from school to school without repercussions and a sort of pseudo-free agency market would break out for any player no longer happy about their situations.
Beverly’s case, in which the head coach who recruited him was fired unexpectedly before he suited up for the team, is far from that.