Wednesday , Dec , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Davidson cleared to play for Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) – Alabama senior center Jermareo Davidson has
been cleared to return to the court for the Crimson Tide, less than a week
after it was announced he withdrew from classes.

Davidson withdrew from classes after his girlfriend was killed in a car
accident a month ago.

The NCAA has a waiver where it allows student-athletes who have endured tragic
circumstances to withdraw from school for that semester and return to their
teams and schools for the next semester.

“We have received official word that Jermareo has been cleared to play and is
eligible,” said Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried. “I think our compliance
staff here at Alabama did a great job working with the Southeastern Conference
in getting it done in such a timely manner. We’re excited that that’s behind
us. I know Jermareo is eager to get on with it.”

Davidson leads the Southeastern Conference in rebounding and is averaging 14.9
points and 10.6 rebounds this season in the seven games he’s played.

Davidson’s brother was critically injured on November 7 in a car accident, and
five days later, in a separate incident, his girlfriend was fatally hurt in a
automobile crash.

“It feels good to have some stress off my back, not having to worry about
classes and be able to focus on other things,” said Davidson. “It’s been a
rough month for me and this kind of relieves some of the stress for me. I
appreciate Coach Gottfried and our compliance office helping me with this.
Now, until classes start in January, I can focus on basketball, and I think
that’s a big relief.”