Georgia Tech guard Chris Bolden has been suspended for six games for a violation of the athletic association’s student-athlete conduct policy, according to head coach Brian Gregory.
No specific details were leaked regarding the incident, but it must have been a substantial violation in order to draw a six game ban. Bolden will miss the remainder of the Yellow Jackets ACC regular season games as well as the opening round of the conference tournament.
Up until this point, Bolden has started 11 of the team’s 26 games, while averaging 6.9 points per contest as a consistent contributor for coach Gregory. The real questions that remain are what impact Bolden will have once he returns from the suspension? Will coach Gregory use him in the same role?
Coach Gregory addressed the suspension in the team’s post-game press conference.
“He has been suspended for not adhering to the standards of our program,” Gregory said. “We have high expectations for our student-athletes, and he has not met those expectations. At this time, it’s an indefinite suspension. That’s the only comment I am going to make on it, and we will probably make a comment on it later on.”
Freshman guard Tadron Jackson will likely replace Bolden. Jackson averages approximately 4.5 points per game and suspension will give him the opportunity to expand his game while playing more meaningful minutes. With off the court problems lingering, Jackson may be the better long term plan for the program.
The Yellow Jackets have three games against top 25 opponents remaining on their schedule and will likely finish the season below the .500 mark thus making it nearly impossible for the team to qualify for post-season play.
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