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"I'm extremely disappointed in Diamond," Hinson said. "We're in the business of educating student-athletes and teaching them how to conduct themselves on and off court, and this is a significant setback."
"The question now is how do we react?" Hinson continued. "I met with Diamond this morning and issued a challenge to him to become a first-class student and resident of Carbondale. How he responds will determine his status going forward."
Hinson also announced in early August that Taylor would face internal disciplinary measures due to pending charges for theft of a bicycle. In September of 2011, Taylor was suspended from the team due to a violation of team rules. He was arrested for possession of marijuana in April of 2011, according to Jackson County court records.
Taylor was also kicked off Wisconsin's basketball team after being arrested for burglary in September of 2009. He later transferred to Southern Illinois.
Hinson said the thing that bothers him about the APR the most is that it can influence the disciplinary tactics that coaches use to maintain integrity in their programs. For instance, if a player gets arrested for selling drugs or is involved in a violent crime, the program will take an APR hit if the coach kicks him off the team with a GPA below 2.6.
"You could literally have a kid that walked out on the street, beat someone to a pulp, have everyone witness it and everyone see it," Hinson said. "But you can't get rid of him without there being a penalty on your team.
"If I have a burr in my saddle right now about the APR, something I'm really upset about, that would be it. I feel like, in some ways, the APR has handcuffed some coaches who really want to do the right thing with their programs. Right now, it is not flexible enough to allow a head coach to make decisions that are very important to the integrity of the team.
"We've had several incidents where, in years past, I would've just said, 'Bye.' But because of the APR, we've kept the kids. I've been fortunate that in each one of those situations, we feel like we're making great strides with the individual players."