UMASS G Doug Wiggins Arrested

November 25th, 2008

The Story: The University of Massachusetts has suspended guard Doug Wiggins indefinitely after he was arrested for breaking and entering. Wiggins' involvement in the incident took place off campus in Amherst over the weekend. The police have confirmed the arrest, but not any of the details. Wiggins transferred over the summer from the University of Connecticut where he averaged 6.7 points per game last season in just under 19 minutes for the Huskies. He was also suspended two games last January at Connecticut after he was caught with another player on campus with alcohol. Wiggins was allowed to practice but not play this year for UMass.

Ryter's Block: The Minutemen are faced with another challenge. Last April their coach, Travis Ford, after signing a contract extension at UMass, left for Oklahoma State. Ford, posted a 13-15 record in 2005-06, he then led the Minutemen to 24 wins in 2006-07 and 25 wins last season. It has seemed as if the program was going in the right direction. They have started this season 1-3, with a recent one-point loss to Jacksonville State. Wiggins arrest isn't boosting the morale on campus. Although Wiggins could only practice this year because of transfer rules he should have a positive impact on the team next season...if he can stay out of trouble and return.

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