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Allonzo Trier cleared to return from PED suspension, will play vs. Stanford

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The junior won his appeal and will play Thursday vs. Stanford

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Allonzo Trier’s suspension has been lifted and he will play Thursday night when the Arizona Wildcats host Stanford, the University of Arizona announced a few hours before the 8 p.m. tipoff.

“We appreciate the NCAA granting this appeal and their understanding of this unique situation,” the UA said in a statement.

Trier was suspended a week ago after testing positive for Ostarine. That was the same substance that Trier tested positive for last season that resulted in a 19-game suspension.

But Arizona appealed Trier’s most recent suspension, saying that the failed drug test, showed, “the reappearance of a trace amount of a banned substance. The amount detected was minuscule by scientific standards and appears to be a remnant of a substance, which the NCAA has agreed, Allonzo had unknowingly ingested in 2016.”

Arizona also announced Thursday that Sean Miller will return to coaching the team. He had left the team last Saturday after an ESPN report alleged that he discussed a pay-for-play scenario about Deandre Ayton.

Miller strongly denied that report in a press conference Thursday, saying he has never knowingly broken any NCAA rules. UA officials backed him later in the day after an Arizona Board of Regents meeting.

So Arizona is suddenly much closer to full strength — Ira Lee is still out with a concussion — after being extremely short-handed in Oregon last week. Not to mention the Wildcats are just a win away from clinching a share of the Pac-12 title.

What a turn of events.


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