Tyrone's Dr McKenna Cup game is to go ahead on Saturday after a compromise was reached between the Tyrone County Board and the Ulster Council.
The Red Hands will meet Cavan under the Breffni Park floodlights without the four students who have been at the centre of a storm for the past fortnight.
But Tyrone will still face an Ulster Council investigation into their use of the players in breach of a Dr McKenna Cup regulation which gives the universities first call on players.
A specially convened meeting of the council on Tuesday evening ended with a decision to invite the Tyrone board to answer a charge of breaching competition rules.
No date has been fixed for the hearing, but Tyrone's successful request for this weekend’s game to go ahead – minus UUJ trio Colm Cavanagh, Brendan Boggs and Damien McCaul, as well as Cathal McCarron of St Mary’s – means the competition can proceed without delay.
'The Tyrone County Committee will be contesting the alleged infraction put to us by the Ulster Council, but in the interest of the competition, we will not be playing the students against Cavan on Saturday, so that the Cavan game can proceed,' said county chairman Pat Darcy in a brief statement.