The NCAA Now Must Decide Dixon's Fate

Missouri transfer, Michael Dixon now must wait for the NCAA committee to give him the ‘Okay’ to play his final year of eligibility in college basketball. Since he left Missouri, he has been on the right track and hopefully he will be awarded for his great actions lately.

The University of Memphis submitted a request to the NCAA on Wednesday to waive the normal transfer and allow Dixon to play for the Tigers this season.

As of right now, there is no timetable on when the Tigers will hear something from the NCAA. Coach Pastner feels confident that Dixon, former Big 12 sixth man of the year, will be cleared to play this upcoming season.

“It’s out of our hands now,” said Pastner.

Dixon has been participating in the workouts with his teammates as if he is officially on the team. He enrolled in summer school at Memphis in June.

In his last season at Missouri, Dixon missed the entire 2012-2013 season. He was on suspension the first six games of the season and then parted ways with the university after two sexual assault charges made against him became public.

For his sake, no charges were filed in either case, which gives both Pastner and Dixon great confidence about the situation.

Dez Wells, Maryland’s junior guard, was granted a waiver in a similar situation last year. Wells was expelled from Xavier after his freshman season for violating the school’s code of student conduct. Wells was accused of sexual assault while he attended Xavier, but the grand jury decided not to charge him.

The first waiver requested by Maryland on the behalf of Wells was denied by the NCAA.

The school would eventually appeal the decision and the NCAA Division 1 Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief overturned it. This decision officially cleared Wells to play immediately last season rather than sitting out an entire season.

Dixon has already played three seasons, so this is his last chance to make something special happen at the collegiate level. It’s either now or never for Dixon. The NCAA allows student-athletes five years to compete four seasons of eligibility. In Dixon’s situation, the NCAA could end his collegiate career and send him packing.

“I think with the precedent, I just don’t see how they could tell me that I wouldn’t be allowed to play,” said Dixon to the Commercial Appeal last month.

In his junior season at Missouri, Dixon averaged 13.5 points and 3.3 assists a game. He was recognized as one of the best sixth men in the country. Last October, Sporting News named him a 2012-2013 preseason second-team All-American even though Dixon would not play at all that season.

I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.

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