Report: Starting San Fran guard left team after fight with teammate

A few days removed from a school press release over his surprising departure from the club, we're now learning the real reason why Cody Doolin is no longer on San Francisco's basketball team.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, it's because of a physical altercation with a teammate. The school's sports information director "confirmed" an incident came down between Doolin and an unnamed teammate, and in the wake of that skirmish, it was the senior Doolin who left the team.

Doolin started every game of his career at the school until through Nov. 18. He sat two games before the news of his departure was made by the school.

"Tempers flared, it went too far and unfortunately, there was an altercation that ensued," (School SID Scott) Sidwell said in a phone interview. "And at the end of the day, we want to make sure that our student athletes know and our coaches know that that's not acceptable. We're going to take corrective measures to make sure that this never happens again."
Doolin, a senior guard who started all 103 games of his USF career, left the team Friday before the Dons' game at Montana. Doolin went to his family's home in Austin, Texas. Sidwell visited Doolin and his family over the weekend "to make sure that (Doolin) knew that the University of San Francisco was here for him as a person first."

A strong stance by the school and Dons coach Rex Walters, who's endured his share of player turnover in recent years within the program.

San Francisco is 4-3 and has a game against 1-5 Vermont on Friday.

(Hat tip, NBC Sports)

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