Michael Dixon cleared by NCAA
The NCAA has cleared Memphis guard Michael Dixon Jr. to play this season.
The 6-foot-2 guard, who sat out last season at Missouri after being accused of sexual assault, will give coach Josh Pastner and the Tigers a huge lift. No criminal charges were filed against Dixon.
"We're so thankful to Josh Pastner and Memphis with everything they've done," Dixon's father, Michael Dixon Sr., told ESPN.com. "We're also thankful to the fans at Missouri. It's just a blessing he's able to play this season."
Dixon averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists two seasons ago as the sixth-man for a Missouri team that wound up earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. He enrolled at Memphis this summer and was uncertain whether he'd be able to play this season or have to sit and be eligible for the Tigers in 2014-15. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
"Michael brings a wealth of experience and basketball savvy to this year's squad," Pastner said in a statement released by the school. "He will have to continue to work hard both on and off the court to earn his playing time with the Tigers, but I have every confidence that Michael understands his position and stance with the university."