LSU suspends two, grants “leave of absence” to two others

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LSU had a small mountain of roster news Monday.

Tigers coach Will Wade announced that Galen Alexander and Mayan Kiir have been placed on a “leave of absence” with Alexander set to transfer away from the school, and that both Wayde Sims and Brandon Rachal have been suspended for the Tigers’ game Wednesday at No. 18 Tennessee.

“Galen will take a leave of absence from our team for the rest of the season and look for other places at the end of the season to move his life in a positive direction,” Wade said, according to SECCountry.com.

Kiir is expected to have the option to return, Wade said.

Sims and Rachal are both marginal contributors for the Tigers, who have dropped four of their last five games.

“They made a mistake that young people make,” Wade said. “I think they both regret it, though I don’t want to put words in their mouth… it’s difficult as a coach.

“It’s not a lot of fun to have those meetings, but it’s something you’ve got to do to maintain a culture and a level of discipline within your program.”

Sims is averaging 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game while Rachal averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 15.8 minutes.

Alexander and Kiir have both appeared in fewer than half of LSU’s games this season.