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Marine Fights For Chance To Play MTSU Football

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by Jason Lamb

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Marine used to fighting for his country is now fighting for his chance to play football for Middle Tennessee State University.

Freshman Steven Rhodes has been attending practices and getting ready to go, but a technicality in NCAA rules may keep him on the sidelines this year.

Rhodes played recreational football while he was in the Marines at the suggestion of his superiors for stress relief.  However, because the NCAA classifies that as organized competition, the rules state he has to sit out his first year of football at MTSU.

There is an appeals process going on right now to see if he can play this year, but as of right now, Rhodes is sidelined.

"I never played anything other than high school ball and intramural and recreational football for the Marine Corps, I couldn't believe that would penalize me for that," said Rhodes.

The head coach for the MTSU football team said he thinks they'll know from the NCAA whether he can or cannot play before the season starts.

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