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September 1, 2010

Mitchell not eligible, but not ruled out

The eligibility saga of Tony Mitchell may not be over, but it is at least on hold.

Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer posted on Twitter earlier today, "Just found out that Tony Mitchell has been ruled ineligible to play at Missouri."

Later, head coach Mike Anderson released the following statement:

"Tony's case with the NCAA Eligibility Center remains under review, as has been the case for quite some time. However with our fall enrollment deadline having passed; he will be unable to join our program at this time. We remain hopeful Tony will be able to join us at a point later in the season. With that being said, we are very excited about this team and look forward to the 2011 season."

Mitchell, the No. 12 player nationally in the Class of 2010, signed with Missouri last November. Speculation has run rampant since whether or not he would be eligible to play for the Tigers this season. The exact reason for the questions of his status are unclear. Sources have told PowerMizzou.com that late enrollment, junior college, playing overseas or in the NBA Developmental League could all be options.

Attempts to reach Mitchell for clarification on his situation have been unsuccessful for weeks now. All that is known for sure is that he will not be on campus this fall. Should Mitchell become eligible in time for the second semester, he could theoretically begin playing in the first game after the end of first semester classes. Traditionally, that has been the Braggin' Rights game against Illinois.

PowerMizzou.com will keep fans updated if changes in Mitchell's situation become known.

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