Richard makes decision final

After weeks and weeks of speculation, MSU running back has made his decision on whether or not to transfer to another school. The St. Louis native's announcement was made on Monday. Find out where he's going at

Running back David Richard has decided to return home to become a Missouri Tiger.

Weeks ago, Richard was released from the MSU football program and on Monday Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced that Richard had signed a financial aid agreement to transfer to Missouri.

Last season, Richard was the Spartans leading rusher as a freshman racking up 654 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound back was highly touted coming out of Hazelwood East High in St. Louis as a running back and linebacker.

Pinkel said in a released statement on Missouri's athletic Web site that he's very pleased to have a talent like Richard coming to his developing program.

"He is a fine football player and a solid young man who is looking forward to playing in front of his family and friends," Pinkel said. "He will be an outstanding addition to our program."

Under NCAA rules, Richard will finish the spring semester at MSU, before enrolling at Missouri next fall. He will then have to sit out the entire 2003 season before having three more years of eligibility.

Richard joins running back prospect Marcus Woods, who showed interest in the Spartans during the recruiting process, in Missouri's backfield. Woods was not offered a scholarship by MSU.

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