The NCAA has granted a waiver that will allow Elliot Williams to play for Memphis this season.
"We are appreciative to the NCAA in granting this waiver request for Elliot," said Memphis coach Josh Pastner. "We understand this is bittersweet, but Elliot is excited to play for his hometown school. The city of Memphis has fully embraced Elliot and his family, and they are so grateful for the support they have received."
A Memphis native, Williams chose to enroll at Duke out of high school over Tennessee, Memphis and Virginia. He played for the Blue Devils last season. But the former McDonald's All-American opted to transfer closer to home this summer to be near his mother, who is battling cancer, and there was little doubt at the time that the NCAA would waive the penalty that typically forces Division I transfers to sit out one year.
In other words, Friday's announcement comes as no surprise.
But it's still considered a dose of good news for a program that needed some.
A day earlier, the NCAA announced it is forcing Memphis to vacate its 2008 Final Four.