Illinois suspends Western Michigan transfer Darius Paul for season

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

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It's not often you see a college basketball player face a year-long suspension that's handed down in the middle of May.

But due to "multiple transgressions" with Darius Paul, Illinois coach John Groce has announced Paul will be on the pine for the entirety of the 2014-15 season. Paul, a transfer from Western Michigan, most recently was arrested on April 21, charged with underage drinking and resisting arrest.

"After a thorough review of Darius' year, which includes multiple transgressions, I am suspending Darius ... for the entire 2014-15 season," Groce said in a statement. "This penalty is necessary to help Darius as a person. We will continue to support him through this process."

The punishment comes after Paul missed all last season due to standard transfer redshirt rules. He'll now miss two years of college basketball, unless he opts to leave Illinois and seek playing time right away at another school -- if one would take him.

If he stays, it means Paul loses his scholarship for the upcoming season. We'll see how and where Illinois opts to fill that scholarship in the coming weeks. Paul is the younger brother of Brandon Paul, a former Illinois star guard and Illinois Mr. Basketball.

Darius Paul earned Freshman of the Year accolades in the MAC at Western Michigan.

Illinois went 20-15 last season.

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