Thursday October 2nd, 2014

Memphis transfer forward Dominic Woodson has been ruled eligible to play at Tennessee this season, the team announced Thursday.

According to Knoxville News Sentinel, Woodson, a sophomore, received a run-off waiver by the NCAA on Monday and will not have to sit out the standard one season for transfers. 

To get the waiver, Tennessee had to prove that Woodson was in good academic standing when he left Memphis. Memphis also had to approve the waiver request. 

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A run-off waiver allows relief for players who were "run off" by their previous schools for reasons out of their control. The staff at Memphis reportedly told the NCAA that Woodson’s scholarship was not renewed, and that he should receive the waiver. 

The forward was suspended six games last season for cursing on the bench and then missed the team's NCAA tournament run due to a team violation. 

As a freshman, Woodson averaged 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 20 games. 

Volunteers head coach Donnie Tyndall said that while Woodson is eligible to play, he still needs to earn a role.

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"Woodson still has progress to make to earn a spot in the rotation and contribute. He has made strides the past several weeks," Tyndall said

According to the News Sentinel, Tyndall has said that Woodson needs to lose weight or else he will redshirt the 2014-15 season. In late August, the 6-foot-10 Woodson was at 300 pounds, with a target of 270.

Tennessee finished 24-13 last season and came in fourth place in the SEC. 

The Vols reached the Sweet Sixteen as an 11-seed in the NCAA tournament before falling 73-71 to second-seeded Michigan

- Molly Geary

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