Thursday, October 7, 2010

UNC: When It Rains, It Pours - Graves Dismissed From Hoops Squad

Fifth-year senior forward Will Graves has been dismissed from UNC’s basketball team for failure to comply with team rules, coach Roy Williams announced in a statement Thursday afternoon. Graves was the Tar Heels third-leading scorer.

“This is 100 percent not related to any NCAA matters on campus,” Ol' Roy said in a prepared statement. “I hate this for Will. He worked extremely hard this summer to get himself physically in the best shape he’s been in years, but he did not do everything he needed to do to be a part of our basketball program. This is a huge blow to our team, but an even bigger blow for Will. Playing for the Tar Heels meant so much to him.”

Graves red-shirted in 2006-07 then played in 92 games over the past three seasons – although he suspended mid-way though the 2008-09 NCAA title season for breaking team rules. A team spokesman would not say whether his dismissal was for the same reasons as his previous suspension.

Graves, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound forward from Greensboro, has scored 513 points at UNC, including 353 last year, when he averaged 9.8 points per game.

Rumors in cyberspace point to marijuana, bur who knows?

In other good news out of Chapel Hill, university officials now say the ongoing NCAA investigation could go on for as much as a year...

Yikes.

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