December 13, 2006

Davidson cleared to play

As the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide basketball team prepare to take on an undefeated Southern Miss squad in Mobile this weekend at the Coors Classic, several major issues with the team remain unresolved.

But one issue that the Tide won't have to worry about after today is the eligibility of senior Jermareo Davidson, who will be officially reinstated by the NCAA on Friday after being unable to practice or play with the team since last Friday.

After Davidson spent the last few weeks dealing with his brother being critically injured and his girlfriend dying in a tragic automobile accident, Davidson invoked an NCAA rule that allows players who have endured tragic circumstances to withdraw from their team for the semester and return the following semester without suffering any academic consequences.

"I think our compliance staff here at Alabama did a great job working with the Southeastern Conference in getting it done in such a timely manner," said head coach Mark Gottfried. "We're excited that that's behind us. I know Jermareo is eager to get on with it."

"It feels good to have some stress off my back, not having to worry about classes and be able to focus on other things," said Davidson.

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