Louisville Players Plead Out. We don’t need to rehash all the things we wrote last week with respect to Terrence Jennings and Jerry Smith’s arrest and formal charges by the Jeffersonville (IN) prosecuting attorney. If you’re interested, you can read it here. But the handwriting was on the wall from 1000 steps away — these guys weren’t going to face much in the way of punishment. Sure enough, today the players both pled to a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement and each sentenced to a $500 fine and forty hours of community service. By way of comparison, we were once sentenced to a $300 fine and forty hours of community service for rolling through a stop sign and speeding. Imagine if we’d taken a few swings at a cop or three?!? We wonder if the community service involves practice time – after all, isn’t that giving back to the community?
SIU’s Ryan Hare Booted. Chris Lowery apparently takes player discipline a little more seriously than Rick Pitino, as returning starter Ryan Hare was dismissed from SIU today. The second-year guard who averaged 8/3 last season and showed considerable promise as a key contributor was charged last month with felony battery and trespassing, and had been suspended from the team until today’s dismissal. Coach Lowery stated that he was dismissing Hare based on violation of team policies and rules, but it was unclear whether there was an other incident or if he was referring to the original allegations against Hare.
Reserve Injuries. Stanford freshman forward Andy Brown tore his ACL in practice and is out for the season. Iowa backup center Devon Archie will miss 4-7 weeks of practice time, and possibly the Hawkeye opener against Texas-San Antonio, due to a shoulder injury he suffered over the weekend. He is expected to provide depth to an already shallow frontcourt. Santa Clara backup center Scott Thompson will miss the entire season due to an unspecified heart condition. The Broncos were hoping he could step in for departed John Bryant, but that will not be happening.