The NCAA has granted guard Michael Dixon's waiver to play this season at the University of Memphis after transferring from Missouri.
The senior enrolled at Memphis in June. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard from Kansas City, Mo., announced last November he would transfer after two sexual assault claims became public, though he was not charged in either case. He already had been benched for unspecified team rule violations.
Dixon played in 101 games at Missouri with 25 starts over three seasons. As a junior, the Big 12's sixth man of the year averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 assists in helping Missouri go 30-5 and earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Athletics director Tom Bowen announced Wednesday that the NCAA notified Memphis of its decision.
"We certainly want to thank the NCAA for their efforts and the professionalism with which this matter was handled," said Athletics Director Tom Bowen. "The Sub-Committee for Legislative Relief made every effort to expedite this procedure on the young man's behalf and we are deeply grateful.
"Michael articulated his position to our Memphis committee upon arrival on our campus and explained why he felt it imperative that he finish his degree work at this institution," Bowen stated. "He had heard of the academic successes and degree standards for former Tiger basketball players at Memphis and as a result, wanted to complete his degree here."
Dixon, who will have one year of eligibility remaining at Memphis, is expected to play a role in the Tigers backcourt this season.
"I have every faith in the basketball program and its standards," said Memphis interim President Brad Martin. "The University is standing up for Michael Dixon and we expect him to exceed our highest expectations. We are glad that he will have the opportunity to complete his degree at Memphis."
"Michael brings a wealth of experience and basketball savvy to this year's squad," said Head Coach Josh Pastner. "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."
"This was a long and thorough process to get to this point, but it is well worth it when the subcommittee makes a decision that benefits the student-athlete like this," said Jason Gray, U of M Assistant for Compliance. "Without the efforts of Michael and his family and their ability to get together every bit of information we needed this would not have been possible."
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