McClover Finally Gets Ruling On His Eligibility

Freshman defensive end Stanley McClover's eligibility case was heard on Tuesday.

Auburn, Ala.--Defensive end Stanley McClover is a partial-qualifier the Auburn Tigers learned on Tuesday after his final ruling was handed down from the NCAA Clearinghouse. After taking nearly one month to review his case, the decision was made in a five-person committee meeting on Tuesday.

Eligible to be a full-time student, he will be allowed to practice this fall, but can't participate in games. He will enter next season as a sophomore, but can get his year of eligibility back following his senior year if he's on track to graduate on time.

Stanley McClover is shown prior to the start of preseason workouts.

McClover signed with the Tigers in February and was considered one of the plums of the 2003 signee class. He picked Auburn over defending national champion Ohio State and more than 100 other college scholarship offers.

A two-way standout at Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he practiced with the Tigers until the start of fall semester classes began. However, when the NCAA Clearinghouse failed to approve his eligibility because of a question about a grade that had been changed from a B to an A during his junior year, McClover has been waiting since then to get a final ruling on his status.

The six-foot-four, 252-pound defensive end was impressive on the practice field at Auburn and would have played immediately in a reserve role in the opener vs. Southern Cal if he had been eligible, says Terry Price, who coaches the defensive ends.

McClover's case was sent to a five-person committee on Tuesday to make a ruling on his status. That group did not include anyone from the NCAA Clearinghouse and is made up of volunteers who are administrators at NCAA member institutions around the country.

Last season as a senior at Dillard High, McClover registered 27 quarterback sacks and 101 tackles. He forced six fumbles and recovered three. He kept colleges guessing until the very end of recruiting on where he was headed. Auburn coaches didn't know that he was going to be a Tiger until he faxed in scholarship papers on national signing day.

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