Maybe if Braxton Beverly had taken fake courses, he would've been eligible at North Carolina State this season.
Twenty-eight miles down the road from Raleigh, the University of North Carolina and its athletic programs did not receive penalties for steering hundreds of student-athletes to more than 200 sham courses over the last two decades. Meanwhile, at North Carolina State, if you accept a transfer who got a jump on his studies by attending real courses, shame on you!
Braxton Beverly committed to Ohio State and enrolled in summer classes in late May. Then the Buckeyes fired head coach Thad Matta days later and, understandably, the point guard wished to transfer. He picked the Wolfpack and, foolishly, thought the NCAA would use common sense to allow him to play this season.
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Nope. They ruled him ineligible a few weeks ago and, on Monday, announced his appeal was rejected. Because Beverly began class at Ohio State, he must sit out one season per transfer rules.
Let's recap: The NCAA says it's fine to offer fake classes as long as they're open to the entire student body. The NCAA says it's a violation of rules to be a responsible degree-seeking student-athlete who was encouraged to take summer classes with hopes on graduating on time, if not early.
The NCAA needs an intervention.