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Cincy's Stephenson won't miss games

Updated: November 5, 2009, 10:08 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Highly-touted freshman Lance Stephenson of Cincinnati has been cleared to compete by the NCAA Eligibility Center and won't sit out any games, greatly enhancing the Bearcats' status as a Big East Conference contender.

"He was all smiles, but his parents were very emotional," Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said of the reaction after he relayed the news to the Stephenson family just after 5 p.m. EST. "I told him not to doubt me. Everyone was panicked. I knew they would give us an answer by 5. ...

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