Miles Bridges will be suiting up for Michigan State on Sunday, after all. The sophomore Spartans star was cleared to play Saturday after the school conducted an internal investigation into potential NCAA violations linked to Bridges’ family.
According to an explosive report by Yahoo Sports on Friday, Bridges’ mother allegedly received money from ASM Sports, an agency at the center of an FBI probe into college basketball corruption. While Bridges was not listed as receiving money, there were questions regarding his immediate eligibility after the Yahoo report.
Michigan State interim athletic director Bill Beekman cleared up those questions in a Saturday statement. Beekman said the findings of a “thorough internal review” were presented to the NCAA and Bridges was cleared.
“After learning of the allegations in yesterday’s Yahoo! Sports article, our compliance office conducted a thorough internal review. Michigan State presented its findings to the NCAA, and Miles Bridges has been cleared for competition moving forward.”
MSU Interim AD Bill Beekman: “After learning of the allegations in yesterday’s Yahoo! Sports article, our compliance office conducted a thorough internal review. Michigan State presented its findings to the NCAA, and Miles Bridges has been cleared for competition moving forward."
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) February 24, 2018
According to bank statements obtained by Yahoo, Bridges parents had a $70 meal with representatives from ASM Sports and Bridges’ mother, Cynthia Bridges, also received a $400 advance. The documents also listed Tom Izzo having a dinner with Christian Dawkins, one of the leaders of ASM.
Izzo released a statement Friday after the report surfaced.
“While we will cooperate with any and all investigations,” Izzo said, “we have no reason to believe that I, any member of our staff or student-athlete did anything in violation of NCAA rules.”
Michigan State plays at Wisconsin on Sunday in the team’s regular-season finale. Bridges is averaging 17.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the No. 2 Spartans this season.