KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29: DeAnthony Arnett #13 of the Tennessee Volunteers is tackled by Brison Williams #11 of the South Carolina Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium on October 29, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Michigan State Gets Waiver For DeAnthony Arnett To Play In 2012

Saginaw's DeAnthony Arnett, who transferred from Tennessee to Michigan State, will be eligible to play in 2012 after the NCAA granted him a waiver.

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DeAnthony Arnett Granted Waiver, Will Be Eligible For Michigan State In 2012

DeAnthony Arnett, a former Tennessee receiver who transferred to Michigan State in January, will be eligible to play for the Spartans this season, according to the official Twitter page for Michigan State football:

Arnett, a Saginaw native, chose Tennessee over Michigan State and Michigan but said he wanted to transfer closer to home because of his father, who has had multiple heart attacks.

Tennessee had initially blocked his transfer to either MSU or Michigan, but the school reneged and permitted the transfer to MSU.

As a freshman at Tennessee, Arnett had 24 receptions for 242 yards. Rivals.com ranked Arnett as the No. 12 receiver prospect in the 2011 class.

For more on the Michigan State Spartans, go to The Only Colors. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NCAA Football hub at SBNation.com/NCAA-Football.

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DeAnthony Arnett Now Free To Transfer To Any School

There was quite the outcry last week when news came out that Tennessee was preventing wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett to transfer to Michigan or Michigan State. Arnett hoped to transfer closer to home (he's from Saginaw) because his dad is dealing with several health problems. Tennessee only granted him a release to the MAC schools in Michigan, however. It appeared to be yet another vindictive move by head coach Derek Dooley.

After dealing with quite a bit of negative PR for the last week or so, Tennessee has finally come to its senses, according to multiple reports. Dooley has changed course and will allow Arnett to transfer to any school he wants, and Arnett is quite happy, to say the least. From Joe Schad:

Arnett says Dooley is a "compassionate and empathetic coach. I will never be able to express fully my appreciations and gratitude..."

Allen Trieu reports that Arnett isn't sure where he will transfer yet, but that "it will be a speedy decision." Whenever a decision is made, I expect Arnett to become a Wolverine or Spartan.

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