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N.C. State loses NCAA appeal for Beverly’s eligibility

NCAA Basketball Tournament - UNC Wilmington v Virginia

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 16: Head coach Kevin Keatts of the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks reacts against the Virginia Cavaliers during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amway Center on March 16, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has upheld its decision that North Carolina State freshman Braxton Beverly is ineligible to play this season.

Coach Kevin Keatts said Monday that N.C. State’s appeal for Beverly’s immediate eligibility was denied. He may practice this season and will have four years of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2018-19.

The first-year coach said Beverly is “devasted” and that “this is a situation where adults failed a young man, and he’s the one paying the price.”

Beverly originally signed with Ohio State and attended classes there but received a release after Thad Matta’s ouster as coach. He signed with N.C. State in August.

N.C. State announced Oct. 13 that its initial request for Beverly’s eligibility was denied, and it appealed that decision 10 days later.