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Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:46 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 4:16 pm

By Jeff Goodman

When D.J. Byrd was arrested for public intoxication, it was expected that the junior wing would be suspended for Sunday's game against Michigan State. Nothing more than that. 

What wasn't anticipated was that teammate Kelsey Barlow would be kicked off the team. 

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we will move forward as a program,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “We expect our student-athletes to live up to a high standard, and when their actions become detrimental to the program, there are consequences.”

According to a source, the story goes like this: Barlow left his wallet in a bar last night and couldn't get back into the establishment. He rounded up a few of his buddies -- Byrd included -- and they went back to the bar. There was apparently a verbal exchange and Byrd wound up getting arrested while sticking up for his teammate. He was booked into jail at 3:35 a.m. and released at 8:31 a.m. 

Barlow was under a zero tolerance policy with Painter for several issues in the past -- including one last season that resulted in a suspension from the NCAA tournament.  

The timing couldn't be any worse with Purdue hosting No. 8 Michigan State on Sunday and now being without two starters. The Boilermakers have won two straight and are 17-9 overall and 7-6 in Big Ten play. However, they can ill-afford to slip-up with five regular-season games remaining in order to secure an NCAA tournament bid. 

Byrd has been terrific over the past five games, averaging nearly 17 points per game and making 18-of-34 from beyond the arc. He was 7-of-9 from deep in a close lose in Columbus to Ohio State and finished with 13 points and was 3-of-6 from beyond the arc in the win over the Illini earlier this week.

Barlow (8.3 ppg) has been erratic throughout his career, an underachiever of sorts who was suspended for the NCAA tournament a year ago. 


Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 1:58 pm

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

when will the youth of america ever learn...... no damn good ever occurs past midnite.

painter should have had them in their p.js and reading them a bedtime story about 2 boobs

who were wasted and tryin to strongarm their way back into the club where they both were 

quickly tossed into the clinker!  the end. 

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:52 pm

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

Unfortunately for this young man (Barlow), this wasn't a case of being an isolated incident, as he had a couple of off-the-court incidents last year as well.  Hopefully, Byrd learns from this incident and no formal charges come from it.  It's really unfortunate for Barlow because I fear he may be too immature to understand what a rare opportunity to have a scholarship to a top 100 university really is (and for that matter, there seems to be a reoccurring under-appreciation by a number of student athletes who have graced the media front, recently).  Being a collegiate student athlete, I'm sure, presents its challenges and hardships, but receiving 100% tuition in return is a small price to pay (my 100% tuition-paid, "free-ride" came as a result of securing the GI Bill through six years of wartime service; how I wish it could have resulted from simply an athletic talent).  Hopefully, Barlow is still able to achieve his academic goals.  Having said that, Coach Painter, in my belief, made the action necessary to ensure that the integrity and professionalism known of Purdue Athletics is maintained. 

"Now, back to the game."-- Not having our number two scorer in the past five games (i.e. Byrd) nor our best on-the-ball defender (i.e. Barlow) places us in an even more disadvantageous postion than we were before.  In my opinion, Smith is going to have to have a solid perimeter game in order to free up the paint and the rebounding is going to have to at least stay even in order for Purdue to win this game against Michigan St..  May the Three-Point Gods bless our Boilers tomorrow.  Boiler Up.

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:48 pm

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

sounds like he had one too many boilermakers....

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 12:29 pm

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

It is heartening to see a coach stand up for ethical standards instead of giving in to pampered athletes who get their education on a sliver platter just because they can bounce a ball better than some else.

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:25 am

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

Duh...what a idiot...g get some buddies to get his wallet about calling the cops to escort you back in to get your belonging and leave afterwards...sad...dumb mistake and he will continue to make them if he doesn't learn from this...Painter is a great coach..not for his wins and losses...he is in charge...that's a coach

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:54 am

Bruce Weber needs to pay attention to this...

I give Painter credit, he leaves no doubt as to who is in control at Purde.  Some coaches babysit too much, and end-up losing control of their teams --Bruce Weber may be one of those.  It's like officiating:  If you make the calls early, you keep control of the game; but when you let it go, you just have more trouble as the game progresses.  Discipline coaching is a lost art; but it is necessary if you are too maintain a learning environment.  Weber's mistake may just be that he trys to please his players too much; but when all that you recruit is high-profile players, that is somewhat inherent. 

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2012 9:48 am

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

Sparty ready for away game at Purdue.  Their bench depth will exploit Purdue who will be down 2 starters.  Purdue will play a close game in the first half but will run out of steam in the 2nd half.  Spartans playing great defense,  getting low post play with Nix and Payne,  getting great 6th man play with Brandon Wood.  The only thing that can stop the Spartans now is being on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  As it is, the jinx may already be in effect as Seth Davis listed Michigan State as one of his final four teams.  A little high for Sparty.  I have them as a #2 /#3 seed in the tourney with them going into the sweet 16/elite 8, depending on match-ups.  I look at Kentucky and Syracuse and those guys look more powerful than any teams out there.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2012 8:25 am

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

As a Spartan fan, I'm pretty impressed with Painter.  You have a bonofide hero in Hummel, now suspend players for messing up.  I'll be rooting for your program in the future (just not tomorrow).  I hope you guys make the tourny.

Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2012 8:02 am

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

Here is a link to a better explanation of the story. Sounds like they did indeed go back to the bar after closing time.



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 18, 2012 6:50 am

Purdue boots Kelsey Barlow, suspends D.J. Byrd

It would be nice to know if the bar was opened or closed, to better gage their actions here.  If the bar was closed, then, yes , they should not have stormed the establishment, but instead should have gone home, called the bar the next day , so Barlow could have picked up his wallet.    But if the bar was still open, and the management wouldnt let them in just to get his wallet, then, I would have more sympathy for the student athletes in this case.  

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