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Georgia Tech’s Sims eligible, Clayton denied

Field Level Media

August 28, 2019 at 8:05 pm.

Georgia Tech defensive back Myles Sims was ruled immediately eligible to play this season by the NCAA, the school announced Wednesday.

Defensive lineman Antonneous Clayton wasn’t as fortunate as his bid to play this season was denied.

Sims, a transfer from Michigan, will be eligible to play in Thursday’s season opener against Clemson. He redshirted last season at Michigan and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.

Clayton transferred from Florida and will have just one season of eligibility left in 2020. Clayton played parts of three seasons — redshirting one — with the Gators and had 11 tackles in 10 games.

Yellow Jackets coach Geoff Collins was pleased with the news regarding Sims but angered by the decision on Clayton.

“I’m happy for Myles and for our team that he has been granted immediate eligibility. This is the right decision for the young man,” Collins said in a statement. “At the same time, I vehemently disagree with the NCAA’s decision to not grant immediate eligibility for Antonneous.

“As an athletics department and a football program, we remain confident that he meets the stated criteria for immediate eligibility and by not granting it, the NCAA does not have the best interests of the student-athlete in mind.”