Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Rico suspended.

Full story from the Tuscaloosa news here :

http://www.tidesports.com/article/20071121/NEWS/71121027/1011&nocache=1

I have no idea what he did, but this may prove to be a good thing in the long run. I remember there were rumors of him changing his commitment late in the recruiting process. This could be an attitude issue or a maturity issue. It is good to know that it is NOT a legal or NCAA issue.

Obviously, this leaves us very thin at point guard for the time being. In the past, Coach Gottfried has been criticized for being too soft on his players or playing favorites. If Rico it is not doing the things he needs to do to help his team succeed, then now is the time to get this straightened out. I suspect this suspension is likely related to the same issues that prevented him from playing in the Mercer game, and coming in behind Hollinger in the Belmont game. Leadership skills are a must at the point guard position, and hopefully this experience will help him learn to lead by setting a good example.

Whatever the problem is, I am glad Coach Gottfried is addressing it early in his career rather than letting him get away with shennanigans because we are short at the PG position. Rico is a seemingly good kid with a lot of athletic ability. It is up to him if he wants to be successful and help his team win games. I hope he does what is required and comes back better than ever, but in the meantime, we need Torrence and Hollinger to step it up.

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