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Memphis' Kendrick suspended after alleged threat

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McDonald's All-American Jelan Kendrick has been indefinitely suspended from the Memphis basketball team because of a verbal threat made against a teammate, multiple sources close to the program told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

The sources said Kendrick remains enrolled and is receiving counseling.

He is not, however, practicing with the team.

"He had an issue on the team … and they're trying to [investigate] what actually happened," Daren Darby, Kendrick's former summer coach, told CBSSports.com on Tuesday. "They're trying to get to the bottom of it, and they feel like they need some time to make sure they have all the facts about what happened."

In addition to the threat, a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity told CBSSports.com that Kendrick has been in multiple altercations with teammates since arriving on campus, one of which contributed to second-year coach Josh Pastner banning Kendrick from the Tigers' preseason trip to the Bahamas. Reached Tuesday by phone, Pastner declined to discuss with CBSSports.com the details surrounding Kendrick's suspension, saying, "It's a personal matter, and Jelan will be back [with the team] when the matter is resolved."

Darby told CBSSports.com that coaches from other schools have heard about Kendrick's issues and already started calling to inquire about the possibility of a transfer at the end of the semester. Still, Darby insisted Kendrick would prefer to remain at Memphis, if possible.

"Recruiting never stops with kids, I'm learning," Darby said. "But we're not at that point yet."

Rivals.com ranked Kendrick No. 15 in the Class of 2010.

Scout.com had him at No. 20 while MaxPreps.com ranked him 31st.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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