Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Maimi Gets Johnson Back

AP: Miami center Reggie Johnson's eligibility has been restored by the NCAA, and he is expected to play for the Hurricanes in their game at North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

Johnson was ruled ineligible by Miami late last week after an investigation revealed that members of his family accepted "impermissible travel benefits" from a member of the school's former coaching staff. The university said Johnson was not aware of the benefits, personally accepted nothing and that his family had been told they were allowed.

The NCAA told Miami that Johnson "must repay the value of benefits that were unknowingly received from a member of the former coaching staff" and sit out one game. Johnson satisfied the second of those requirements by missing Miami's win over No. 22 Florida State on Sunday night.

It's a major boost for the Hurricanes (17-10, 8-6 ACC), who are fighting to reach the NCAA tournament.

Johnson is averaging 10.6 points and 6.9 rebounds this season for Miami.

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