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Beavers land player from UTEP

CORVALLIS — Eric Moreland, a forward from Houston, has been cleared to play basketball for Oregon State University, according to a press release.

The school got word Tuesday that the 6-foot-9 player, who had signed with Texas El-Paso, will have four years of eligibility remaining when the 2010-11 season begins.

UTEP coach Tony Barbee, who recruited Moreland, has taken a job at Auburn.

Moreland arrives at Oregon State on a financial aid agreement.

The NCAA cited the "totality of the circumstances" that forced Moreland to leave UTEP and the similarity to other cases that have recently been approved. The NCAA also indicated that many of the factors that led Moreland to leave UTEP were deemed to be "beyond the control of the student-athlete."

"I have to give a lot of credit to Eric," Beaver head coach Craig Robinson said. "He did a lot of work himself to make this be a positive outcome. He's been in summer school here and I have heard a lot of good reports about him."

Moreland averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots at Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas. He started his prep career as a guard before growing 5 inches between his junior and senior years.

Following his graduation from Hightower, he attended Ocean Academy Prep School in New Jersey.