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Physical altercation led to San Francisco PG Cody Doolin’s departure

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If there’s one thing that the West Coast Conference can boast about it’s good guard play, with a number of teams being led by outstanding perimeter players. One of those programs was San Francisco, with senior point guard Cody Doolin being one of the league’s most experienced players.

On the heels of a season in which he averaged 12.2 points and 5.6 assists per game as a junior, Doolin was expected to team up with senior power forward Cole Dickerson and help the Dons improve on last season’s 15-16 record (7-9 WCC). But that won’t be the case, as Doolin and the school announced on Tuesday that he is no longer a member of the basketball program.

The decision caught many by surprise, and on Wednesday San Francisco AD Scott Sidwell discussed the reason as to why Doolin made the decision to forego the remainder of his senior campaign.

Cody Doolin’s departure from the Dons’ program came after taking the brunt of an altercation with a teammate at practice Nov. 19, USF athletic director Scott Sidwell confirmed Wednesday.

“Tempers flared, it went too far and unfortunately, there was an altercation that ensued,” Sidwell said in a phone interview. “And at the end of the day, we want to make sure that our student athletes know and our coaches know that that’s not acceptable.

“We’re going to take corrective measures to make sure that this never happens again.”

Doolin (he’ll remain in school to complete his degree in finance), who was averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 assists in the four games prior to his departure, has been replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore guard Tim Derksen. Derksen, who was one of the WCC’s best freshmen last season, is averaging 8.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game with Penn State transfer Matt Glover taking over the role of primary ball-handler. Glover’s averaging a team-best 3.3 assists per game with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3.

The Dons host Vermont on Friday night.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

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