Malik Pope is one of the 10 current college basketball players recently named in Yahoo and ESPN reports. The San Diego State forward was one of just two that was actually suspended by his school, however.
Most of the players involved were cleared to play almost immediately. That list features college superstars like Deandre Ayton, Miles Bridges, Kevin Knox, and Collin Sexton.
Pope, a senior forward for the Aztecs, does not have the same exposure as most of the other players. His team is 17-10 on the year, and has a 15-percent chance to make the NCAA Tournament, per TeamRankings.com.
That number is entirely predicated on the Aztecs running through their conference tournament. Without a Mountain West Championship, SDSU's chances of an at-large berth are basically non-existence.
Still, he's an important player, averaging 12.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season. After he was named as a player that took a $1,400 loan from Christian Dawkins in the Yahoo report, he was "provisionally suspended" by the school.
Malik Pope missed one game over the weekend, but now he has been reinstated by San Diego State.
San Diego State beat lowly San Jose State 71-59 on the road. Now, Pope will be back for the team's game against Boise State tonight. From the San Diego Union Tribune:
San Diego State formally cleared the 6-foot-10 senior Tuesday afternoon, just hours before a home game against Boise State, after provisionally suspending him four days earlier when his name appeared on a list of players who allegedly received loans from a former pro agent.
Pope denied he or any associate had accepted a $1,400 loan, the amount that appeared next to his name in 2015 documents released by Yahoo Sports in connection with the federal probe into college basketball corruption.
Pope also released a statement about the allegation. He denied having any contact with ASM's Andy Miller or Christian Dawkins.
“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.”
San Diego State hosts Boise State tonight.