NCAA Basketball: LSU's Craig Victor Kicked From Team
The Lousiana State Tigers management has decided to dismiss forward Craig Victor from the team.
In a report by Myron Medcalf for ESPN.com, the decision came from head coach Johnny Jones, stating that the 21-year-old player had violated team rules. The decision came just three hours before their game against the Vanderbilt Comodores on Thursday. The Tigers lost the game by a final score of 96-89.
It has not been specified exactly which rule Victor violated. But according to another report by New Orleans local publication The Advocate, the young player already missed LSU's exhibition game in November, as well as the teams first three games of the regular season due to the exact same reason.
"When you commit to being part of our basketball program, there are expectations and standards that we demand from our players. Those expectations go beyond the basketball court," coach Jones said in a statement.
Jones added that such actions were taken as a method to "challenge" Victor. For him, the team rules are something that need to be followed, no matter what. But at the same time, he recognized that his former player has been "back on track", and is now taking care of his responsibilities.
Victor has so far played eight games this season, where he started a total of five. To his credit, he has been able to pile on significant numbers, scoring 10.5 points and 7.6 rebounds. He also averaged double-doubles twice this month alone: scoring 14 points and ten rebounds during their December 18 game against Texas Southern, and 18 points and ten rebounds two days later against Charleston.
The LSU Tigers are currently holding a record of 7-4 this season, winning three of their last five games. They are slated to play against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday, December 31st, at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.
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