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Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

Posted on: January 3, 2012 12:00 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 12:53 pm
 
Justin Coleman: gadget connoisseur      (US PRESSWIRE)
By Matt Norlander

Writers can't stop looking at their computers or checking their phones every six seconds while covering a game. But a player? That behavior would seem odd. Removed, not team-like and certainly a clear-cut sign of distraction that doesn't jive with sitting on the bench during a game.

Put your phone down for two and a half hours. That's all coaches want of their players. Most players are as addicted to their gadgets as you or I. These 19-year-olds are hard enough to wrangle as is, most coaches surely curse the advancement of phone technology from October to March, when they can't get Jimmy to focus during tape breakdown. (Then thank the heavens they can contact anyone they please when chasing a recruit in the offseason.)

What I'm clumsily getting at: Marshall's Justin Coleman was so bored by his team's loss at Belmont last Thursday, he completely checked out and busted out his iPhone. A few things led to this, though. Clearly something's been brewing with Coleman and the team and/or coaching staff.

The school announced Coleman was suspended indefinitely Friday.

Pierce Greenberg (now that's a writing name), on duty for The Mid-Majority, documented what he saw.
But as Belmont closed the half up 37-25, Coleman slowly meandered off the court, far behind his teammates who jogged to the locker room. In fact, an assistant coach (perhaps a graduate assistant) ran back on to the court and ushered Coleman to pick up the pace.

As the second half commenced, Coleman started it behind the bench. Not on the bench, behind the bench and the coaches, far away from the nearest action.

Then, I saw something I don't think I've ever seen at any level of sport. Coleman slyly slipped a cell phone out of the sleeve of his warm-ups and proceeded to look at it for most of the second half.

Yes, a player that STARTED and participated in a game, spent the entire second half doodling on his phone like a teenage girl at the movie theater. I could hardly take my eyes off of it, refusing to believe what I saw. It was so sophomoric, so appalling.
So, to be clear, it's not that he used his phone and was suspended. Marshall coach Tom Herrion -- who's coaching his way to a possible NCAA berth -- pulled Coleman from playing duty and didn't deem him worthy of the pine. He sat with the riffraff. And so Coleman acted like a fan by checking up on his texts and possibly sneaking in a game of Temple Run.

There is also messageboard chatter about Coleman's poor attitude, and more first-hand accounts of how he continued to mope and lash out against a team graduate assistant.

Coleman, a top-50 recruit who wasn't eligible to enroll at Louisville due to grades, averages 6.2 points and 2.9 rebounds.

(H/T, BIAH)
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:36 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

Herrion grabbed a recruit whose academics were below Louisville's standards? That's rich. Oh well, one team's trash is another team's treasure. And Herrion is a sanitation engineer extraordinaire. It's Herrion's M.O. He loves these types of players as evidenced by his tenure at COC. All of his incoming recruits are required to enroll in the Tom Herrion Undergraduate General Studies program, known affectionately as the T.H.U.G.S. program. Possible NCAA berth? Herrion's team got blown out by Akron at home a couple nights ago after losing to Belmont two days earlier. No chance Marshall gets to the NCAA unless they buy tickets. The schedule will not yield a sufficient RPI. 



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:24 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

Sounds like Coach Herrion should show him the door...no respect for his team, teammates, or coaches.  Im sure there are plenty of young men who would love the opportunity to play Division 1 basketball.....



Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 7:12 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

Sounds like Coach Herrion should show him the door...no respect for his team, teammates, or coaches.  Im sure there are plenty of young men who would love the opportunity to play Division 1 basketball.....



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 6:53 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

No doubt each generation looks at the younger generation and thinks:  How dumb can they be?

And yet, there are always surprises.

My playing days would have been in the early 1970's.  God forbid, you showed any disrespect to the coach or the team.

This kid showed very poor judgement.  And if he would rather be on his gadget, than on focusing on his teammates, maybe its better that he now has the time to play with his toys without interruptions.



Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

"Most players are as addicted to their gadgets as you or I." I love how the cell phone addicts of this world try to justify their destructive habits by including everyone. The truth of the matter is that most of the people in our society that don't understand appropriate cell phone use tend to also be the mental midgets of the world.



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: January 3, 2012 4:02 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

"It was so sophomoric ..."  REALLY bad choice of words - one could assume this was a complient, since he's a freshman.  I used to wonder why the NCAA banned freshmen from playing varsity ball until, ironically, the Marshall plane crash.  It's times like these that the reasons become painfully obvious.




Since: May 27, 2011
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

this kid will have 10 offers the moment he walks out the door...I can hear it now..he made a mistake and he is only human..we are happy to have Mr.Coleman as a student athlete here at Louisville.Laughing



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

This cat couldn't get into Louisville due to grades? That's shocking considering Pitino could get any stone into the school if he thought the guy could help. Reports from West Virginia say that the local FBI has begun an investigation into this matter. Phone records indicate that this Coleman genius used his cell to contact a Domino's; a sex phone-talk hotline; his financial adviser( cousin Willie);a local bookie and there was one unknown number that was uncovered; 1-800-I'm an IDIOT.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

iDiot 4s.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 3, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Marshall player phones it in, gets suspended

I would die to be on that bench at Marshall.  What a bum!


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