The University of Illinois men’s basketball team has suspended forward Darius Paul for the second time, indefinitely in this case doe to a violation of team rules. Head coach John Groce made the announcement this morning, stating that the infraction had occurred on the team’s current France trip. Groce’s announcement was reported by Terrence Payne of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk.
A former Western Michigan transfer, Paul was suspended for all of last season following what the university called “multiple transgressions” and subsequently played the 2014-15 campaign at junior college in Texas so as not to lose a second consecutive season, having sat out all of 2013-14 due to NCAA transfer rules.
Coach Groce offered a brief statement on Paul’s suspension.
“We have specific standards of behavior for every member of our team and when those expectations are not met, there are consequences,” Groce said in a statement. “Darius is returning home immediately and we will evaluate his status with the team following our return to Champaign.”
Hopefully, Paul can get his head screwed on straight and find a way to get back in the good graces of the university and his team. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in his sole season at Western Michigan, and his brother Brandon was a top player for Illinois for four years. Talent obviously runs in the family and if Paul can’t get his priorities in order, his will go completely to waste.
Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Illini Board