Iowa State says Palo was eligible to transfer

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2014 at 5:27 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014
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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State is refuting reports that it prevented guard Bubu Palo from transferring to another school by delaying the decision in his student-conduct case.

The university says Thursday that athletic director Jamie Pollard told Palo's attorney, Matt Boles, that Iowa State would support a waiver for Palo to transfer. That's after Palo was kicked off the team Aug. 30 by President Steven Leath.

Iowa State also says that Palo would have been able to transfer after the fall semester had started, but that neither Palo nor Boles gave the university an official transfer request.

Palo was reinstated by a district court judge last week in a decision publicly criticized by Pollard.

Palo is listed on Iowa State's roster for its home game Saturday against Kansas State.