Nealy will be eligible to play if NCAA reinstates him

Updated: August 6, 2003, 11:39 PM ET

HOUSTON -- If former University of Houston quarterback Barrick Nealy's eligibility is reinstated by the NCAA, he will be able to play this year for Southwest Texas State, Houston television station KRIV reported Wednesday.

Houston athletic director Dave Maggard said he granted a one-time exemption Wednesday, allowing Nealy to play immediately at the Division I-AA school.

Southwest Texas State is to officially become Texas State University-San Marcos on Sept. 1.

Two weeks ago, the school's athletic director Greg Lafleur said he self-reported to the NCAA what he called two secondary violations concerning Nealy.

Lafleur said the school declared Nealy ineligible at that time and asked the NCAA to reinstate him.

"I believe because of the nature of the violations Barrick will be reinstated," Lafleur told the television station.

Nealy missed all but first four games of the 2002 season with the Cougars because of knee surgery. He decided to leave Houston after Art Briles replaced Dana Dimel as head coach.

In those games, Nealy threw for 592 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 190 yards and two scores.

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