Mississippi State Bulldogs wing Xavian Stapleton has been arrested for driving with a suspended license. Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk reported the arrest, which was originally broken by the Clarion Ledger.
Stapleton becomes the second player to be arrested since former UCLA head coach Ben Howand was hired to come coach in Starkville, as big man Johnny Zuppardo was arrested for driving with a suspended license after being pulled over for running a red light.
In Stapleton’s case, he was pulled over for going 38 mph in a 20 mph zone and was arrested once it was discovered his license was suspended. A transfer from Louisiana Tech, he averaged 6.7 points per game in his freshman season and is sitting out this year as NCAA rules dictate he must.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that this is not the kind of start Howland wanted at Mississippi State before ever coaching a single game for the Bulldogs. Here is a man who went 233-107 (118-58 Pac-12) in 10 years at UCLA and made three consecutive Final Fours, but then the program turned inconsistent and he was let go in 2013.
All of a sudden, though his job is certainly not in danger, it’s already looking like he’s having trouble maintaining control of the team even if Zuppardo and Stapleton were arrested on seemingly insignificant charges.
Hopefully, he is able to right the ship soon.
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