Oakland University basketball player Isaiah Brock was cleared by the NCAA initial eligibility committee to play for the Golden Grizzlies this year, the university announced today.
Brock, a 4-year Army veteran, had appealed the NCAA's initial decision to make him sit out this year due to his below-qualifying grades when he graduated from a Baltimore high school in 2011.
The story made national headlines when Brock's initial eligibility was rejected because his story was so intriguing.
“We’re appreciative of the NCAA initially awarding Isaiah with the ability to receive athletics financial assistance in addition to eligibility for practice,” said OU athletic director Jeff Konya in a press release. “And we are even more thankful that the reconsideration has resulted in this decision for Isaiah.”
“I just want to thank the NCAA for giving me the opportunity to play this year and I also want to thank all of my teammates, family and friends for all of their support through this process," Brock said in the release. "I'm very grateful and I won't let this opportunity go to waste!”
The 22-year-old's job was taking dead soldiers from the battlefield and preparing them to have honorable burials.
Last week, U.S. representative Mike Bishop shared his voice publicly, appealing for Brock to be reinstated.
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Detroit Free Press