On Friday afternoon, the NCAA membership services staff informed UCLA that it had approved its appeal of NCAA progress-towards-degree bylaws on behalf of Tab Perry. The senior wide receiver is now eligible to compete for the Bruins during the 2004 season, beginning with tomorrow's contest against Oklahoma State at the Rose Bowl. UCLA was informed of the decision by conference call with members of the NCAA staff. Head coach Karl Dorrell was on the call from the Rose Bowl and had Perry with him. In granting the waiver, the NCAA membership services staff cited Perry's reasonable and aggressive academic plan that moves him toward earning a degree at UCLA within one year. Perry's outstanding performance in UCLA's summer academic term, which included an improved grade-point-average and significant course credits earned during the summer session, also was cited as reason for the approval. The membership services staff concluded that Perry had significantly improved his overall academic record and had shown significant progress with his summer school performance. "We are excited to have Tab back on the team" said Dorrell. "He worked hard to turn things around and put himself in the position to have a successful senior year, both on and off the field. We are grateful that the NCAA staff considered all of the information regarding Tab's situation and came to this positive conclusion." "I would like to thank the NCAA for granting the appeal," said Perry. "I also want to thank the staff at UCLA for its hard work on my behalf. Finally, I want to thank Coach Dorrell for all of his support. Every day, he was optimistic and told me to stay positive. I was getting pretty nervous the past couple of days, so naturally I am thrilled about the decision."