The ruling in essence punishes Beverly for going to class. It was announced on the same day the NCAA revealed it would not be punishing the University of North Carolina, N.C. State’s chief rival, for letting its student-athletes take fake classes. I wonder if anyone in Raleigh noticed that?
“I’m devastated by this decision, it’s incredibly unfair,” Beverly said in a school-issued statement. “I appreciate N.C. State and the work being done here to appeal this decision. My hope is that it gets resolved and I can be eligible to play this season.”
The NCAA’s ruling on Beverly is even more puzzling when you dig into its transfer rules, which at first glance appear contradictory. While one rule states that a player is considered a transfer if he or she “attended a class or classes in any quarter or semester in which the student was enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies,” another rule — 188.8.131.52 — says a student-athlete isn’t considered a transfer if he or she “has been enrolled in or attended classes only in a summer school,” which would seem to be the case here. Maybe the NCAA doesn’t consider Ohio State’s post-commencement classes to be “a summer school” but rather “regular school that is held in the summer”? If so, that’s peak NCAA silliness.
Beverly will have four years of eligibility remaining at N.C. State, whenever he starts to play.