MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Kim Royston wanted to come home so badly that he decided to pay his own way to do it.
The St. Paul native started his college career at rival Wisconsin. But after two years, he decided to transfer back home to Minnesota to play for the Golden Gophers.
The defection didn't sit well with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema. The coach wouldn't release Royston to the Gophers, meaning Royston was ineligible for a scholarship.
When Royston decided to play for Minnesota anyway, Gophers coach Tim Brewster crowed that he "couldn't be more proud of him coming home."
After sitting out a year, Royston now will play his former coaches and teammates when the Badgers come to town on Saturday.
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