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The NCAA won't allow a former Marine to play college football.

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The NCAA is on the hot seat again, this time for the application of their rules by not allowing a former Marine the opportunity to play college football. Steven Rhodes spent five years serving with the Marines and played in a recreational league as an active soldier.

Rhodes a 24 year old, is a walk-on at Middle Tennessee State, but is ineligible to play during the 2013 season. After appealing to the NCAA, Rhodes must take a mandatory redshirt season before having four years to play.

The military only league did issue uniforms, have on the field officials, and track scores. However according to Rhodes, they didn't have a set schedule, playing a game on a Tuesday night, and then not again for another six weeks.

***Update: After an elgibility review, the NCAA staff determined that Rhodes may play immediately.***

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