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Josh Pastner had a rough day

Memphis coach Josh Pastner, 33 years young, might have discovered a few more gray hairs this morning after going through a long day yesterday sorting through the aftermath of a loss to Southern Methodist.

As if turmoil hadn't already engulfed this team on and off the court, Pastner indefinitely suspended second-leading scorer Wesley Witherspoon, one of the veterans on his team, according to The Commercial Appeal.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner called Witherspoon's suspension, which will include his sitting out Saturday's Conference USA game against Marshall at FedExForum, an internal matter and declined further comment.

However, the source said Witherspoon mimicked an assistant coach who had voiced his displeasure over the loss to SMU, going as far as getting on the bus' loudspeakers and doing an impression of the coach.

Witherspoon, known for his comical behavior, did not practice with the team Thursday. Pastner, who met with Witherspoon on Thursday morning, didn't put a timetable on his return.

Hours later, Pastner was dealing with another matter that might have at least allowed the team to put its disappointing start and uneven play in perspective.

Pastner confirmed to The Commercial Appeal that freshman Trey Draper was involved a car accident that apparently left the walk-on guard with a broken hand, but he was otherwise OK and thankful it wasn't worse.

Then this morning, Memphis woke up to a column from The Commercial Appeal's Geoff Calkins, who's giving Pastner the benefit of the doubt and encouraging fans to give it some time.

So yes, the sun came up. Memphis is still 12-4.

Today marks just another day in which Pastner's players will work to get better.