Looks like the hashtag #FreeTacko might not be of use anymore.
Social media went abuzz Friday morning as the news let out of the NCAA clearing UCF's 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall in time for Saturday's basketball season opener.
“I am very thankful for the support from UCF, Dr. Hitt, my family and the media," Fall said in a release. "I would also like to thank the NCAA for allowing me to continue to pursue my dream here at UCF as a student-athlete.”
Head UCF basketball coach Donnie Jones joined in on the social media joy, tweeting: "Welcome back @tackofall99 @UCF_MBB excited for you to continue to reach your Dreams @UCF. #ChargeOn."
Fall's high school Liberty Christian had to undergo an extended eligibility certification process with the NCAA only accepting 7½ courses that Fall completed in high school — which made him ineligible to practice with the Knights. ESPN previously reported that Fall recorded a 3.6 GPA in his final two years of high school.
“We are excited for Tacko [Fall] and his family that he has been given the opportunity to pursue his dream as a student-athlete,” Jones said in a release. “I am thankful the NCAA looked at his case on an individual basis and has given him the opportunity to continue to be a student-athlete here at UCF.”
UCF will tip off the 2015-16 season at Davidson Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.