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UCLA files appeal over eligibility

Updated: November 16, 2012, 1:15 PM ET
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA filed an appeal with the NCAA on Wednesday on behalf of freshman Shabazz Muhammad, coach Ben Howland said. The appeal will be heard Friday and Howland said he expects to hear a decision "shortly thereafter."

"At this time, I'm optimistic and hopeful that everything is going to work out," Howland said. "That's about all I can say. Hopeful is a big part of that."

Muhammad has been declared ineligible for competition by the NCAA, which investigated and determined that ...

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