Nealy's eligibility restored for Southwest Texas

Updated: August 27, 2003, 11:07 PM ET

HOUSTON -- The NCAA has restored former Houston quarterback Barrick Nealy's eligibility, allowing him to play for Southwest Texas State on Saturday against New Mexico, the Southwest Texas athletic director told Houston television station KRIV on Wednesday.

Southwest Texas, which will officially become Texas State University-San Marcos on Monday, declared Nealy ineligible last month after Southwest Texas athletic director Greg LaFleur self-reported what he called two secondary violations to the NCAA regarding Nealy's recruitment from Houston.

He told KRIV on Wednesday that those violations were impermissible contact between Bobcat coaches and Nealy and head coach Manny Matsakis making public comments about Nealy before he signed a scholarship with Southwest Texas.

LaFleur said the NCAA gave the school verbal confirmation Nealy's eligibility was restored. A written report will follow.

He said the school penalized itself, but did not elaborate.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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