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This Aug. 16, 2013 photo shows former Marine and walk-on freshman NCAA college football player Steven Rhodes in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The NCAA says it's working with Middle Tennessee and hasn't made a final decision on the eligibility of Rhodes, a freshman attempting to play after serving five years in the Marines. (AP Photo/Daily News Journal, Helen Comer)
This Aug. 16, 2013 photo shows former Marine and walk-on freshman NCAA college football player Steven Rhodes in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The NCAA says it's working with Middle Tennessee and hasn't made a final decision on the eligibility of Rhodes, a freshman attempting to play after serving five years in the Marines. (AP Photo/Daily News Journal, Helen Comer)
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(AP) The NCAA has ruled that a Middle Tennessee football player who spent five years in the Marines will be allowed to compete this fall and that he will have four years of eligibility remaining.


It's a reversal from the NCAA's earlier decision to rule Steven Rhodes was ineligible because he played in a recreational league during his military service. School officials had said earlier Monday that they were working with NCAA officials to come up with a solution.


Late Monday afternoon, the NCAA issued a news release saying they wanted to thank Roberts for his service, wished him well and that member schools would continue to re-examine the competition rules.


Middle Tennessee President Sidney McPhee says it "exciting news" and thanked the NCAA for the review.


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