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November 16, 2012Five-star forward Shabazz Muhammad was cleared by the NCAA to play immediately for UCLA on Friday afternoon.
Just minutes later, Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, head coach Ben Howland and Muhammad himself released statements reacting to the news:
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero
"We are extremely grateful that this matter has come to a conclusion. I want to recognize that a lot of long hours and tireless effort were put into this process by staff members from UCLA and the NCAA, as well as by Shabazz Muhammad's family. This entire process has been challenging on many fronts, but we believe strongly in the principles of fairness, integrity and due process. We are satisfied with the outcome and pleased that Shabazz will be able to join his teammates on the floor, representing UCLA in Brooklyn on Monday night."
UCLA Men's Basketball Coach Ben Howland
"I am relieved that this long, arduous process has come to an end. So many people worked very hard on this case and I am eternally grateful to them as well as the Bruin family, who stood by us throughout. I am pleased that Shabazz will be able to begin his collegiate career."
UCLA Freshman Guard Shabazz Muhammad
"I am excited to be able to play for UCLA starting next Monday. My family and friends were very supportive of me throughout this process and I couldn't have gone through this without them."