Miles Bridges Cleared to Play by MSU Amid Corruption Allegations

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2018

Michigan State guard Miles Bridges stands on the court in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland in College Park, Md., Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Michigan State interim athletic director Bill Beekman announced Saturday that star sophomore guard-forward Miles Bridges was cleared to play despite being named in an FBI probe into corruption in college basketball.

According to NCAA.com's Andy Katz, Beekman said: "After learning of allegations in Yahoo Sports' article, our compliance office conducted a thorough internal review. MSU presented its findings to the NCAA, and Miles Bridges has been cleared for competition moving forward."

Bridges was one of several current and former NCAA basketball players named in the probe, according to a report published Friday by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports.

The federal documents focused primarily on Christian Dawkins, who worked for NBA agent Andy Miller's ASM Sports agency.

Per Forde and Thamel, Dawkins' expense accounts show he provided Bridges' mother with "hundreds of dollars in advances."

Bridges is the top player for the Spartans, who are ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 27-3 record. He leads MSU with 17.1 points per game, and he is also averaging 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest in 29 appearances.

Based on Beekman's statement, Bridges is in line to play in Michigan State's regular-season finale against the Wisconsin Badgers at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

A win would give the Spartans the outright Big Ten regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.

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