Michigan State's Bridges Cleared To Play By NCAA

Michigan State's Bridges Cleared To Play By NCAA

Michigan State's Bridges Cleared To Play By NCAA

Michigan State interim athletic director Bill Beekman announced Saturday that star sophomore guard-forward Miles Bridges was cleared to play despite being named in an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into corruption in college basketball.

"After learning of the allegations in yesterday's Yahoo! Sports article, our compliance office conducted a thorough internal review", MSU interim AD Bill Beekman said.

Miles Bridges will play for No. 1 Michigan State on Sunday at Wisconsin.

Bridges was one of several current and former NCAA basketball players named in the probe, according to a report published Friday by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. In a report released by Yahoo Sports on Friday, documents showed that Bridges' mother, Cynthia, received roughly $470 from Christian Dawkins, an associate of former National Basketball Association agent Andy Miller.

Dawkins is the former associate of NBA agent Andy Miller, and one of the primary figures wrapped up in the FBI's investigation.

A report released by Yahoo! "Sports", Izzo said in the release.

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"While we will cooperate with any and all investigations, we have no reason to believe that I, any member of our staff or student-athlete did anything in violation of NCAA rules", MSU coach Tom Izzo said Friday, in response to the Yahoo reports.

At this time, the NCAA has been in contact with the feds regarding this case but it is not certain how the NCAA plans on responding.

While it is permissible under NCAA rules to meet with an agent, no coach or player, or parent/legal guardian of a player can receive any financial benefits, including payment of any kind, even for meals.

The eligibility of a student-athlete who receives an impermissible benefit of $200 or less may be restored upon repayment of the impermissible benefit without the need for reinstatement.

Bridges, the No. 2 Spartans' leading scorer, has the team on a path to a Big Ten title and potentially a deep run in the NCAA Tournament this spring.

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