Steven Rhodes – Former Marine – Allowed to Play at MTSU
Steven Rhodes was 19 years old when he decided to join the Marine Corps. He served our country 5 years. He achieved the rank of sergeant. He is a married father of two.
After he retired from the Marines this summer, he decided to enroll in college at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN and try to walk on to the football team. He was successful.
But, then enters the NCAA, the ‘rule’ setters for all things regarding college athletics. They declare Steven Rhodes ineligible to play this season because he played in some recreational leagues while in the Marine Corps. (screeching sound) WHAT?!?
It turns out there used to be a specific exception for military vets for that particular rule. However, as the write and re-write process of the rules have gone over time, somehow it was removed. So, the NCAA officials were interpreting the letter of the law and not the spirit of it nor using their noggins to add just a wee bit of common sense to the equation.
After a public outcry, they looked at it again, and this time, they got it right! Steven Rhodes, former Marine, will be eligible to play this year. It’s been a long time since he has really played ball so he probably won’t play a whole lot this season, but we wish him well and truly appreciate his service to our country.