COLUMBIA — Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson has been cleared academically and is eligible to practice Thursday, Missouri football team spokesman Chad Moller confirmed Wednesday evening.
Richardson, a nationally heralded recruit and College of Sequoias transfer, was not in uniform for the first week of Missouri’s fall camp because he awaited a final eligibility ruling from the NCAA.
A brief look at the Sheldon Richardson story through the past two-plus years.
- Feb. 4, 2009: Richardson signs his letter of intent to play for Missouri
- June 2, 2009: Richardson confirms that he will have to attend junior college after failing to qualify academically. He enrolls at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, Calif.
- Oct. 23, 2010: Richardson attends Missouri's homecoming win over Oklahoma, telling the St. Louis Post Dispatch, "It felt like home."
- Nov. 11, 2010: Richardson confirms that he has reneged on his commitment to Missouri and has verbally committed to USC.
- Dec. 15, 2010: Richardson changes his commitment back to Missouri.
- July 25, 2011: Coach Gary Pinkel says of Richardson, "We expect to see him on Aug. 4," at Big 12 Media Day
- Aug. 3, 2011: Richardson reports to camp at Missouri, but the school announces that he will be held out of practice until his eligibility is finalized.
Richardson has been in Columbia since the start of the Tigers' preseason camp on Aug. 4 and is expected to be on the field with his teammates for Thursday's practice sessions.