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NCAA clears UCF 7-foot-6 recruit Tacko Fall to play

Central Florida's Tacko Fall is no longer in limbo.

The school said Friday the NCAA has cleared the 7-foot-6 Senegalese freshman to play. UCF received word from the governing body a day before the Knights open their season at Davidson.

Fall's eligibility was in doubt after the NCAA stopped him from participating in practices while it reviewed his academic record.

He thanked the university and its president, John Hitt, as well his family and the media.

"I would also like to thank the NCAA for allowing me to continue to pursue my dream here at UCF as a student-athlete," he said in a statement.

Fall came to the U.S. from Senegal and attended...