OXFORD, MS (WLBT) - The NCAA approved the University of Mississippi's appeal for quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to play Friday.
The NCAA Division I Subcommittee for Legislative Relief says Masoli may compete immediately.
The subcommittee's decision overturns the staff decision to grant the graduate student transfer waiver with the condition that Masoli could not compete until the 2011-12 academic year.
According to NCAA rules, created by member schools, football graduate student-athletes must receive a waiver in order to compete if they enroll at a university other than where they received their undergraduate degree.
Every NCAA waiver process includes a staff decision first and an opportunity for the school to appeal that decision to an independent committee. This group is comprised of representatives of NCAA member schools and conferences.
Throughout both stages of the waiver process, the case is reviewed and evaluated based on the specific facts of that particular case, as disclosed during the review process.
In this case, the staff, subcommittee and school all acknowledged the complexity of the waiver request.
The NCAA staff received the waiver request from Ole Miss on August 13 and received the final piece of information from the school on the evening of August 30. After considering that final piece of information, the NCAA staff issued its decision the morning of August 31.
The appeal decision was given three days later.
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