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Vermont’s Dre Wills suspended eight games over textbooks. Seriously.


Vermont freshman Dre Wills has been suspended for eight games by the NCAA for reselling textbooks.

It’s a violation of NCAA rules, which is why Wills apologized for getting himself suspended and why his head coach, John Becker, said that he supports the decision.

It’s also about as ridiculous of an overpunishment as you will find in any sport.

For comparison’s sake, former Cincinnati center Yancy Gates was suspended for six games for throwing a punch that left Xavier’s Kenny Frease looking like this during the brawl between the two teams back in 2011.

Wills was in the wrong for reselling his textbooks — the rules are stupid, but he knew it was against the rules and he knew that he’d get punished if he got caught — but are we really out here trying to tell kids that making a few hundred bucks off of textbooks is worse than punching a dude in the face and leaving him looking like he has an eggplant over his eye?

Wills, a junior that is averaging 6.8 points and 5.3 boards, has sat out the last three games and will only be forced to miss the next five games.

The Catamounts are 6-7 on the season.

TCU announces addition of former A&M guard Alex Robinson

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TCU announced on Wednesday morning the addition of former Texas A&M point guard Alex Robinson.

“Alex is an explosive point guard,” said head coach Trent Johnson. “He plays with good speed and is capable of making plays for himself as well as his teammates. He was one of the top players in the country his senior year in high school. We are very fortunate to be able to add a player with his talent to our roster at this time of year.”

Robinson was a four-star recruit coming out of high school. As a freshman with the Aggies, he averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 assists and seemed to have a promising future. But head coach Billy Kennedy brought in graduate transfer Anthony Collins this summer which left Robinson in a reserve role.

Former top 150 recruit Sedrick Barefield to transfer from SMU

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Sedrick Barefield is transferring out of the SMU basketball program, a source told NBCSports.com.

Barefield is a freshman point guard from California. He was ranked No. 128 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals and was expected to be the future of the Mustang back court.

But this season has not exactly gone as planned. Barefield has dealt with three bouts of bronchitis in his first semester and has managed all of 16 minutes in the five games that he has played. He has missed SMU’s last four games.

The Mustangs are currently ranked 18th in the country, but they have been banned from the NCAA tournament for this season following an investigation into classes that Keith Frazier took to get eligible for his freshman season. The athletic department declined to appeal the postseason ban.

SMU is undefeated this season.