Pulley to return at end of semester

Missouri finally certified point guard Randy Pulley, but his return won't be immediate for Missouri. But it is good news for the Tigers, who are in dire need of someone to take care of the ball.

Missouri, which has had considerable ballhandling problems in its first two games, received some very good news Wednesday.

Junior transfer Randy Pulley, a point guard, has been certified by the university and can now play. Pulley sat out Missouri's first two wins against Oakland and Coppin State, and he watched Missouri commit at least 19 turnovers in both games.

Missouri coach Quin Snyder said Pulley won't return until after the end of the semester in order to focus on his academics. The first game after the semester is Dec. 21 at home against North Carolina-Greensboro, which will also be the first game for transfer swingman Jason Conley.

"The certifying officer at the University of Missouri has verified that certification of Randy Pulley is complete," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said in a statement. "We are extremely pleased with this result and that Randy has been cleared to participate this season."

"In my discussions with Randy, he and I have agreed that he needs to be fully focused on his academics as finals approach and we will look for him to return to the court at the end of this semester. We will continue to support Randy's development in the classroom first and on the court second."

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