Friday, November 6, 2009


Here’s a news flash: Duke guard Nolan Smith has been suspended for two upcoming games and neither one is against UNC or any other ACC team. Smith, who apparently palyed in some summer games he should not have, will have to ride the pine against irrelevant (only in terms of basketball, so don’t get all riled up) opponents UNC Greensboro and Coastal Carolina.

After Duke defeated Findlay 84-48 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, coach Mike Krzyrgw7ski announced that Smith will miss the first two games of the regular season because of an NCAA suspension.

Smith was suspended because he played in a summer league that wasn’t sanctioned by the NCAA.

Outside of normal play on their own teams, college players are forbidden by the NCAA from participating in organized games that aren’t sanctioned or approved in advance by the NCAA. The NCAA rule governing this is in place in part to preserve players’ amateur status.

"He shouldn’t have done it,” Krzyzvbn3ski said. “The guys know. And this is what every basketball player has to know, don’t play in a game that has time and score (being kept), unless it’s a sanctioned game.”

Smith, who’s from Upper Marlboro, Md., said he played in a summer league game in the Washington, D.C., area while he was home before the second session of summer school. He said he didn’t realize he’d made a mistake until he got back to campus.

"I was definitely disappointed in myself,” he said. “. . .With the rules the NCAA has, you’ve got to get permission as a college athlete. I definitely learned my lesson.”

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