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NCAA clears UNC's Devon Ramsay

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The NCAA has reversed its ruling that North Carolina's Devon Ramsay is permanently ineligible and has cleared the fullback to return next season.

In a release, the school said Thursday night that the NCAA has determined Ramsay committed no violation of NCAA rules after receiving new information from the school.

Ramsay played the first four games before he was held out by the
school after being caught up in the NCAA's investigation of
possible academic misconduct within the football program. Ramsay
will have one season of eligibility left.

"Devon's delighted and his mother is ecstatic," said Robert
Orr, a former North Carolina Supreme Court judge who had been
advising the Ramsay family. "I have to say UNC has been really
good about working with us. I think they recognized from the
beginning that something was wrong here."

The school hadn't specified a reason for the original ruling,
though privacy laws would've prevented it from discussing any
player's involvement in the academic probe. The NCAA also
investigated agent-related benefits connected to several players
during last season.

Orr had said previously the focus was a three-page paper
written two years ago and "minor revisions" suggested by tutor
Jennifer Wiley through e-mail. Orr had said Ramsay didn't remember
whether he included some or any of the changes. While academic
issues were mainly handled by the student judicial system in the
investigation, Orr had said the student attorney general decided
not to submit Ramsay's case to the honor court.

Still, the school checked with the NCAA, which eventually ruled
Ramsay permanently ineligible.

"The way the process works was kind of a perfect storm so that
one minute it doesn't seem like much, then the next minute there's
a determination that there's a violation and it's all about
reinstatement," Orr said Thursday night. "Devon just got caught
in a bad process."

In a statement, athletic director Dick Baddour said school
officials were "delighted" for Ramsay and that it was "the right
decision."

In all, 14 players missed at least one game due to the probes.
Seven missed the entire season, while an eighth was cleared to
return at midseason but decided to redshirt.