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NCAA rejects Arizona WR's appeal

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The NCAA has rejected an appeal by wide receiver Davonte Neal that would allow the Notre Dame transfer to play for the Arizona Wildcats immediately.

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez on Monday said that while Neal's appeal was denied, the school will file one final appeal, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

But Rodriguez, clearly frustrated by the decision, did not seem optimistic that Neal will play this season.

"Right now, he's been denied eligibility," Rodriguez told the Daily Star. "That's a little disappointing-more than a little disappointing. I could go into great detail, but I don't want to waste y'all's time on what some of my opinions are on some of the NCAA's rulings.

"There's another appeal we're going to try to make, but it doesn't look good."

Neal, who is from Tucson, said he moved back home to be with his girlfriend and their newborn daughter.

The school filed an appeal for Neal on Aug. 1 and were just informed of its rejection.

"The only thing I'll say about some of the things with the NCAA is they're consistent with being inconsistent," Rodriguez said.

Neal will have three years of eligibility starting next season.
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