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Report: Delaware’s Devon Saddler saddled with a suspension

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Devon Saddler, who recently became the second-leading scorer in Delaware basketball history, was suspended from the program for a month on Tuesday.

The news was first reported by Kevin Tresolini of DelawareOnline.com.

The suspension stems from a violation of team rules.

Saddler will miss seven games during that stretch, including big matchups against Villanova and Notre Dame. Look for Jarvis Threatt to take over a bigger role offensively with Saddler saddled with the suspension.

Mississippi State’s Jalen Steele suspended indefinitely

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An already thin Mississippi State roster has gotten thinner as junior Jalen Steele was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules, the school announced Saturday.

Steele, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., has been a constant amidst all of the changes in Starkville, but now must sit on the sidelines for an indeterminate amount of time. He has seen action in 13 games this season, 11 of them starts, after retuning from a wrist fracture that kept him out of eight games early in the year.

In those 13 games, Steele averaged 9.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. His best game of the season came Jan. 12 in a road win over Georgia when he scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Without Steele available, Mississippi State now has only six scholarship players available and two eligible walk-ons. Coach Rick Ray inherited a difficult situation with the Bulldogs, and it has been made no easier with this news Saturday. They take on No. 2 Florida at 4:00 p.m. ET and the host Gators are favored by 29 points.

Steele reportedly did not make the trip to Gainesville with the team.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Missouri’s Michael Dixon speaks out about suspension on Twitter, then deletes it

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Missouri guard Michael Dixon watched from the sidelines in street clothes as his Tigers lost to Louisville in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis Friday night.

Dixon continues to sit out after being suspended by coach Frank Haith for a violation of team rules. His suspension is close to reaching the one-month mark, with no direct indication of when it will end.

But the real news Friday in regards to Dixon is what he said after the game via Twitter. As recorded by the Columbia Tribune before the tweets were deleted, Dixon (@M1keD1xonJR) said the following:

“Our team fought hard. I wish I could b out there helping them. I’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG!”

He has since retweeted two tweets that include the “#FreeMikeDixon” hashtag, perhaps endorsing a belief in his own innocence.

Haith has not been specific about what exact team rule was broken that caused Dixon’s suspension, but was vague in the announcement of the news last month.

“These are violations of team rules, not NCAA-related,” Haith said on Oct. 26. “It’s more about the everyday choices we make and the cumulative impact it has on our ability to be good stewards of the Mizzou brand.”

Former Kansas City Star Missouri beat writer Mike DeArmond, newly retired, gave his take on the issue in a series of messages via Twitter this morning.

“Dixon sit as I understand: Girl cries rape on Twitter. Dixon apparently has contradictory tweets,” he wrote.

“Law said no case. MU student board … Voted for discipline of Dixon. He is suspened [sic]. Worries over law suits from both parties for MU. My guess: susp thru end of semester … Shows school takes situation seriously. But letting him play after that avoids legal action by Dixon. All this just my thoughts, nothin more.”

Missouri takes on VCU Saturday in the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Report: Maryland’s James Padgett gets DWI charge dropped, will get no suspension

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Maryland senior forward, James Padgett, pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge, he was arrested for back in June, on Friday in Prince George’s County District Court.

The charges originally included driving while impaired, but the alcohol charges had been dropped. The 6-foot-8 power forward will receive no suspension from the university and will be able to play in the Terrapins season opener against Kentucky at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Washington Post’s Terrapins Insider, Alex Prewitt explained why no suspension will occur:

Maryland’s student-athlete code of conduct states that athletes charged with DUI or DWI must be suspended from 10 percent of their team’s games, effective immediately. However, because the alcohol-related charge was dropped, Padgett’s attorneys said, no suspension will be levied.

The Maryland athletics department confirmed that Padgett will not be suspended. Since his DWI was dropped, the school’s student-athlete code of conduct no longer applies.

The charges were amended after Padgett’s attorneys successfully argued that the University of Maryland police improperly administered a second breathalyzer test when he was arrested on June 16 after he was observed driving without his headlights on. The police, according to his attorneys, waited less than eight minutes to issue the follow-up test, when they should have waited 20 minutes. By not waiting long enough, attorney David Putzi said, Padgett’s mouth did not have proper time to dissipate all alcohol.

According to Prewitt’s report, received one year of unsupervised probation, 48 hours of community service, a fine of $250, and must attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving meeting.

This was Padgett’s first offense, according to his attorneys.

Padgett is a co-captain for this season’s team, following a junior campaign that saw him average 8.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

With the charges being lessened, Padgett will play against the defending national champions in his native Brooklyn.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Northwestern supsends JerShon Cobb for season

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Friday evening, Northwestern announced that junior guard JerShon Cobb would miss the entire 2012-2013 season for violations of team policy.

“There are standards that each student-athlete is expected to uphold,”  said Northwestern coach Bill Carmody in a statement. “JerShon has our complete support as he works to fulfill those expectations and we look forward to having him rejoin the program in a full capacity in the future.”

The press release also stated Cobb is still enrolled at Northwestern and will maintain two years of eligibility.

The Wildcats are still in search of the program’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament and it won’t get easier missing Cobb for the entire season.

The 6-foot-5 Cobb averaged 7.1 points per game for Northwestern in 21 games. Cobb would have had a bigger role in this year’s team, after losing John Shurna. Without Shurna and Cobb, the Wildcats still return three of the four leading scorers from a season ago – Drew Crawford (16.1), Dave Sobolewski (8.3), and Reggie Hearn (7.4).

Northwestern also adds Louisville-transfer, Jared Swoopshire, who will use his last year of eligibility this season.

The Wildcats were on the bubble last season, but had to settle for the NIT. Northwestern finished 19-14, before falling to Washington in the second round of the NIT.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Murray State guard Zay Jackson suspended after assault charge

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Murray State has suspended guard Zay Jackson after the sophomore was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, the school announced Monday.

”I was disappointed and surprised to learn of the incident on Sunday involving Zay,” Murray State coach Steve Prohm said in a statement. ”I will continue to work with the authorities to gather and evaluate the facts as quickly as I can to get a clearer picture of what actually happened. Until that time, Zay has been suspended from all team activities.”

According to a police report, Jackson got into an altercation in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart and hit two people with his car, causing minor injuries.

”There is a standard of conduct I expect from all my players, and from what I know at this point, that standard was compromised,” Prohm added. “I will support Zay in his efforts to make this right, but I anticipate this matter will take time to fully resolve.”

Jackson averaged 4.9 points and 2.3 assists per game as a back-up last season. He is a native of Louisiana who was part of a Murray State team that finished 31-2, including 15-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

“The department takes matters such as this very seriously,” athletic director Allen Ward said in the release. ”I fully support the manner in which Coach Prohm has handled the incident and the action he has taken on Zay’s involvement with the team.”

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_