Malik Pope Available to Play Tonight Against Boise State

Feb. 27, 2018

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State men’s basketball coach Brian Dutcher announced that senior forward Malik Pope will play in tonight’s home game against Boise State.

“Malik Pope will play tonight,” Dutcher said. “I am grateful to (athletic director) John David Wicker and (associate athletic director of compliance) Andy Humes for their support in getting this resolved quickly.

“Malik and I spoke Friday morning after the story was first published. He told me immediately that he did not accept money and did not know either of these two individuals linked to the report. That said, it was important for Malik, as well as the program and University, to make sure there was a thorough review process.

“We shared our findings with the NCAA and informed them that Malik will be playing in games beginning tonight.”

Pope, who was withheld from Saturday’s game at San José State, is averaging 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds, and has connected on 51.3 percent from the field this season. He is scheduled to play in his final home game on Saturday against Nevada.

Malik Pope statement:

I, along with my family, have never had contact nor accepted anything from the two people named in the story. Since the report, I have worked with our compliance office to show that I have not broken any NCAA rules.

I want to thank the San Diego State community for their support and faith in me during this process. I look forward to joining my teammates on the court this week for our final two regular season games.

SDSU associate athletic director of compliance Andy Humes statement:

Due to the timing and nature of an allegation regarding Malik Pope that first appeared in an online article on February 23, 2018, it was determined to be in the best interest of Malik, the men’s basketball program and SDSU, to withhold Malik from the team’s competition on February 24 while an internal investigation was conducted.

SDSU’s investigation has found no evidence that Malik received any impermissible benefits or violated any NCAA rules. The NCAA Enforcement staff has been apprised of the internal investigation’s findings. Lastly, Malik and the men’s basketball staff have cooperated fully and willingly with SDSU at all times throughout the process.

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