Notre Dame freshman Demetrius Jackson missed Tuesday night’s game against Clemson, and after the game, head coach Mike Brey said that the reason was academics.
And while stories about Everett Golson and Jerian Grant make academics a loaded word for Notre Dame sports, the good news is that this does not appear to be a similar situation. On the radio after the game, Brey said Jackson “needs a break to get his academic house in order,” but emphasized in his post game press conference that Jackson could be back with the team after the week.
“He had a great fall semester and summer. He needs to improve academic habits. I’m putting on my H.S. teacher hat,” Brey said. “He needs to get back to those good habits I saw in the fall. He just didn’t get to as good of a start as he did in fall.”
Brey also tried to quell rumors of Jackson following Cameron Biedscheid out the door as a transfer by saying that the player is “very committed” to the university.
Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended by the university after he was arrested on a charge of aggravateddrunken driving early Monday morning.
Duhon, who is currently in his second season at Marshall, was booked into the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia, at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, according to the Herald-Dispatch.
The athletic department released a statement saying that Duhon had been suspended later on Monday.
Duhon was a member of Duke’s 2001 National Title team. He played for the Blue Devils from 2000-2004 and spent nine years in the NBA with the Bulls, Knicks, Magic and Lakers.
No. 9 North Carolina will be at full strength when they host No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday.
“He’ll play,” head coach Roy Williams said on ESPNU’s college basketball podcast. “Unless something weird happens today in practice. He practiced Friday and Saturday.”
Paige was an NBCSports.com Preseason All-American, but he broke a broke a bone in his right — non-shooting — hand prior to the start of the season. Prior to the 2014-15 season, Paige was picked as the NBCSports.com Preseason Player of the Year, but he had a disappointing year as he spent the majority of last season battling a variety of injuries, from plantar fasciitis to sprained ankles.
He missed the first six games of this season with the hand injury, including UNC’s loss at Northern Iowa last week.