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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.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.