After being forced to sit out two weeks Texas junior college transfer Desmond Harrison has been cleared to return to practice. Although that doesn't mean he'll be able to play for the Longhorns this fall.
Harrison transferred to Texas from Contra Costa College and was projected as the Longhorns starting left tackle in 2013, however BYU invalidated a credit Harrison received for an independent online study course he took at the school. He used the course to complete his associate's degree requirements at Contra Costa College, but BYU invalidated the credit because Harrison was not attending BYU while taking the class.
Contra Costa College says it will not revoke Harrison's associate's degree from the school.
Harrison participated in Texas' first practice on August 5 but has sat out since due to the academic issue while awaiting a resolution. Yet, just because Harrison has been cleared to practice with the Longhorns, the situation with the BYU credit has not been settled.
Because of that Texas coaches have been preparing for the possibility of Harrison not being available to play this season.
UPDATE: It appears we have an answer on whether or not Harrison will be able to play this season.
Texas has received confirmation from the #NCAA that JUCO transfer OT Desmond Harrison is cleared to play football this season.— Chip Brown (@ChipBrownOB) August 21, 2013
That's good news for both Harrison and the Longhorns.