Friday, January 25, 2008 Updated: January 27, 3:42 PM ET
UConn's Dyson, Wiggins suspended for breaking team rules
ESPN.com news services
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has suspended starting guard Jerome Dyson and backup guard Doug Wiggins
indefinitely for violating team rules.
UConn was without both players when it upset Indiana (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) on Saturday. The two players will remain suspended for Monday night's home game against Louisville.
Wiggins and Dyson practiced Friday in Storrs, ESPN.com's Andy Katz was told. They weren't suspended before practice, but Calhoun received more information afterward and decided the players wouldn't travel to Indiana.
"It obviously isn't something that is making me particularly
happy," Calhoun told The Hartford Courant after arriving at the
hotel Friday. "This particular suspension is mine, no one else's.
I took the action based upon what I felt was in the best interest
of our basketball team and the university."
Calhoun said neither player was arrested and the discipline was not related to their grades. A school spokesperson reiterated that this wasn't a legal or academic matter.
Dyson, from Rockville, Md., is the team's second-leading scorer,
averaging 14.3 points. He has started all 18 games this season for
UConn (13-5, 4-3 Big East). Wiggins, from East Hartford, has come
off the bench in all 18 games, averaging 6.6 points.
Craig Austrie will start in place of Dyson. Reserve
Curtis Kelly will receive more time off the bench with the absence of the two guards. Freshman Donnell Beverly, who has played sparingly this season, will also get more minutes.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Andy Katz was used in this report.