Off-Court Player Issues
USC had asked for an interpretation from the NCAA on whether it was a violation for O.J. Mayo to receive tickets to an NBA game from Carmelo Anthony, an individual with whom he had a pre-existing relationship. USC received an answer from the NCAA earlier today. The NCAA ruled it a violation, therefore at that time USC declared him ineligible and petitioned for his reinstatement. As a condition of his reinstatement, the NCAA said that he had to make a charitable contribution of $460 based on the value of the tickets.
MILWAUKEE - Torre Johnson, a senior forward from Milwaukee, has been dismissed from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team while Roman Gentry, a sophomore guard from Sioux City, Iowa, has left the team for personal reasons.
Head coach Rob Jeter made both announcements following practice this afternoon.
Johnson was originally suspended by Jeter Saturday following an off-court incident.
Senior Torre Johnson has been suspended from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team, UWM head coach Rob Jeter announced today.
JONESBORO (12/2/07) - Arkansas State Head Men's Basketball Coach Dickey Nutt announced Sunday that senior guard Adrian Banks has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Banks started ASU's first six games this season, averaging 21.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
TUCSON--University of Arizona athletics director Jim Livengood announced today that head men's basketball coach Lute Olson has requested and been given a leave of absence due to a personal matter.
Assistant coach Kevin O'Neill will handle the coach's duties in his absence, Livengood said, for as yet an unspecified time period.
"Lute asked for a leave of absence after yesterday’s football game,” said Livengood. “Every intention is that he will be back. We will do whatever is in the best interested of Lute and Christine.”
MILWAUKEE - Senior guard Avery Smith has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team for a violation of team rules, head coach Rob Jeter announced prior to tonight's exhibition game with UW-Parkside.
Stanford received a blow on Friday when Brook Lopez was ruled ineligible for the first semester. Lopez, a Collegehoops.net Preseason All-American, could possibly return for a December 19th game against Santa Clara if he gets everything in order promptly.
Lopez missed the season's first five games last year due to injury, so this is a position that Stanford is used to. In his absence, the Cardinal will simply have to rely more on his brother Robin.
There's a new thread on the message board entitled "Starting to Get the Bug." I wish I had that same feeling. Right now, the college basketball season seems more like a distant buzzing in my periphery.
I was hoping the FIBA Americas tournament would get me back into basketball mode. But then I forgot how good Team USA can be when Kobe and J-Kidd play, while squads like Argentina don't bring their top dogs.
Instead, speaking of dogs, the only bug I have is an urge to throw up every time I hear the name Michael Vick.