After initially giving sophomore forward Austin Nichols a release with plenty of restrictions, Memphis has backtracked its stance and will give Nichols a full release, according to a release from the school. The 6-foot-10 Nichols was previously restricted from going to a number of schools when he initially looked to transfer last week. Now Nichols can pick wherever he wants for his new spot.
“The University of Memphis has reviewed the appeal submitted by Austin Nichols and has agreed to remove all conditions from his release,” the statement read.
Memphis originally blocked Nichols from going to anyone in the American Athletic Conference, any Memphis non-conference opponent in 2015-16 and Tennessee, Iowa, Providence and Virginia. Iowa, Providence and Virginia all play in a tournament with Memphis in the 2016-17 season.
Once the Nichols family hired high-powered attorney Don Jackson to look into the restrictions, Memphis ultimately cooled its stance. Probably a smart move for both parties to move on from this one and now Nichols can find a new spot to play the last few years of his college career.