San Diego State's Pope cleared to play after investigation

February 27, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego State senior forward Malik Pope was cleared by the school to play in Tuesday night's home game against Boise State after the school said it determined he didn't receive impermissible benefits.

Pope, the Aztecs' leading scorer and rebounder, was held out of last Saturday night's game at San Jose State after his name appeared in documents that are part of a federal investigation into college basketball corruption. The documents were obtained by Yahoo Sports.

SDSU said an investigation led by associate athletic director of compliance Andy Humes found no evidence that Pope received any impermissible benefits or violated any NCAA rules.

In a statement, Pope said he and his family ''have never had contact nor accepted anything'' from sports agents.

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