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NCAA reverses decision on Colgate freshman Nathan Harries and church basketball

Published: Thursday, Nov. 7 2013 12:20 p.m. MST

After declaring Colgate freshman Nathan Harries ineligible, the NCAA has changed its mind and granted him clearance to play basketball this season. (Colgate University Athletics) After declaring Colgate freshman Nathan Harries ineligible, the NCAA has changed its mind and granted him clearance to play basketball this season. (Colgate University Athletics)

Colgate freshman Nathan Harries has been cleared to play immediately, several sources reported Thursday.

Harries, who returned from his 2-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in June, was declared ineligible by the NCAA for playing in three games in a church basketball league this past summer. The decision was based on an NCAA rule that stipulates that an athlete who does not enroll immediately after high school graduation cannot participate in organized games.

Harries' dilemma was detailed in an article by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Less than 24 hours later, amid an outcry of media sources, the NCAA did not need to hear an appeal from Colgate to change its mind, according to ESPN.com. A phone call was made to Harris, indicating the matter had been revisited and his suspension had been lifted.

"The NCAA conducted a brief interview with Harries and immediately called back with news it had reversed its decision," ESPN.com reported.

The NCAA will also come out with an official statement on the matter at some point today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.

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