Gophers Trevor Mbakwe still waiting for NCAA eligibility decision

The injured senior forward could find out as early as next week if he'll get a sixth year of eligibility. The Pioneer Press reports coach Tubby Smith is "optimistic" Mbakwe will be given the opportunity to play. The St. Paul native suffered a knee injury that ended his season in November.
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The injured senior forward could find out as early as next week if he'll get a sixth year of eligibility. The Pioneer Press reports coach Tubby Smith is "optimistic" Mbakwe will be given the opportunity to play. The St. Paul native suffered a knee injury that ended his season in November.

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