UCLA files appeal of Muhammad ineligibility

Updated: November 14, 2012, 8:31 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA filed a formal appeal with the NCAA on Wednesday regarding freshman Shabazz Muhammad being ruled ineligible to play basketball for violating amateurism rules.

Coach Ben Howland said on a teleconference that the case is expected to be heard by NCAA appeals committee on Friday and the school hopes to have a resolution shortly thereafter.

"I'm optimistic and hopeful that everything will work out," he said. "Hopeful is a big part of it too."

If the committee ...

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