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Xavier's Holloway forced to sit out season-opener

Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:56 pm
By Matt Norlander

Less than three days after big man Kenny Frease was reinstated, Xavier has lost its best player for the first game of the season.

Tu Holloway, the point guard we dubbed the second-best in the nation, and the fourth-best player overall in college basketball, will have to sit out Xavier's game against Mercer on Friday, Nov. 11. The university's press release reads in full, "Xavier senior guard Tu Holloway will sit out the first game of the upcoming basketball season due to a secondary violation of NCAA rules. The incident was self-reported immediately to the NCAA in August. This violation carries a mandatory one game suspension which will be served on November 11, 2011 vs. Morgan State University."

The violation, according to Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer, stems from something -- you guessed it -- completely frivolous.
Sources believe the senior played in two summer basketball leagues. The NCAA limits college basketball players to participation in one summer league. Chris Mack declined to specify a reason for the one-game suspension. He confirmed that it was a self-reported secondary violation, and that Xavier notified the NCAA immediately in August. “I think the important thing is that we found it out internally. We weren’t turned in by any other program. We police our own program,” Mack said. “It’s unfortunate but we’ll move forward and follow the rules.”
Holloway was involved with the Deveroes Summer Basketball League in Cincinnati over the summer.

The rule is absurd (who cares how often these guys play in what kind of games, so long as the coach is OK with it), and I'd hope it gets eliminated in the near future. Asking players to micromanage their time and passion with a spot they love -- when they're not even in school during summer session -- is the NCAA at its worst.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:18 pm

Xavier's Holloway forced to sit out season-opener

Thank goodness we have the NCAA to police college basketball. Otherwise, Tu Holloway might have fallen into a life of crime and misery had he been allowed to continue with his immoral spree of.............uh, playing basketball for fun and............uh, during his free time over the summer.

If we as a society allow this to go unpunished, then what's next -- letting college players help to teach the game to kids? OH, THE HUMANITY!!!!!!

Thanks for teaching Holloway a lesson.


Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 3:15 pm

Xavier's Holloway forced to sit out season-opener

Yes MN - players have a passion for the spot they love. Is that the Munster's pet "Spot?" lmao

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:47 am

Xavier's Holloway forced to sit out season-opener

I love how it is worthy to suspend a college basketball player for playing basketball in his free time.  Love the NCAA thought process on that one.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:06 pm

Xavier's Holloway forced to sit out season-opener

This is an issue we can rally around, Matt. The NCAA has repeatedly shown itself to be hollow, petty and incompetent. It is working to make many fans want a new governing body for college basketball. Some have opined that the super conference trend may hasten that process. If we do end up with four 16 school conferences, they can easily stage their own tournament and declare the winner the national champion. Perhaps adding another couple of conferences would round it out. Since the current billion-dollar tournament proceeds go to the NCAA who keeps some and parcels the rest out to the 350+ D-1 participants (most never earn a nickel of it) the result would be a huge shot-in-the-arm benefit for the majors.

Football has taken over their own end of year championship through the BCS, providing $15-20 million to each participant. Basketball could earn big money as well by bypassing the NCAA. As for Tu Holloway, being suspended for the first game is trivial since the first game is usually a pud warm-up for most teams. I am glad he won't have to lose more than that. However, the usual add-on to suspensions is that the player is not allowed to practice with the team before being reinstated. If this is the case the team may suffer a slower ramp-up to its season.

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