Michigan State's Miles Bridges has been cleared and will play Sunday at Wisconsin
Bridges was mentioned in Friday's report, but has been cleared to be on the court
The university took more than 24 hours to come to a decision on Bridges, but after vetting Bridges' case with the NCAA, both entities have evidently deemed his situation above board and not at risk for potential retribution from the NCAA.
"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. "Michigan State presented its findings to the NCAA, and Miles Bridges has been cleared for competition moving forward."
Bridges is one of many players whose name was included in a report from. That report revealed documents from Christian Dawkins, who was a runner/agent-in-training for ASM Sports. In what appears to be expense reports compiled by Dawkins, he labeled a $400 loan to Bridges' mother and itemized a $70.05 meal for Bridges' parents in 2016.
Given the way the NCAA's penalty structure is set up, impermissible benefits afforded to an athlete that are between $300 and $500 can correlate to a player missing 30 percent of a season. For Bridges, that would have amounted to nine games. But in this case, the Yahoo Sports story does not contain receipts or other implicating evidence. It is yet to be publicly determined if what Dawkins put in his expense report can be corroborated.
The Spartans are 27-3. A win at Wisconsin would secure a Big Ten regular season championship for Tom Izzo's team.
Bridges is a potential lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. He's averaging 17.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists.
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