By Matt Norlander
Chalk this up as one of the more curious finite suspensions.
Less than two weeks ago, Chris Mack suspended his big man, Kenny Frease, from the Xavier basketball team. It was indefinite. Some thought he'd be sitting for at least three or four weeks. (Frease is a bit of a screw-up, from what I hear, and this was an early wake-up call for him.)
Yet he's already back with the team and stands to start in X's first game next month. Quietly, Mack reinstated Frease to the squad over the weekend. So Frease's only real punishment was exclusion from Xavier's Musketeer Madness festivities on Saturday night.
Now, the man who averaged nearly 12 points and more than seven rebounds last season is back with the team, which coincidentally has one of the toughest schedules in the country. Perhaps Frease has learned his lesson very quickly -- or maybe Mack knows he needs every set of hands and feet possible to get Xavier on the stronger side of .500 in the non-conference.