Sunday, December 19, 1999

Turner to miss 6 games


And if grades don't improve, he could miss more

BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Xavier will be without sophomore Aaron Turner for the next six games, and possibly longer.

        The 6-foot-7 forward from Columbus has been suspended indefinitely for academic reasons. Coach Skip Prosser and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski made the decision Saturday; it was announced before tipoff of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout.

        “Aaron is eligible under NCAA guidelines but has not satisfied our requirements in his academic endeavors,” Bobinski said in a statement. “If he shows improvement and satisfactory progress, Aaron will have a chance to return to the active roster at some point during the second semester.”

        The second semester begins Jan.10.

        Bobinski told The Enquirer: “... It's not ineligibility. It's more subjective rather than objective. It's time for him to get squared away and concentrate on the academics.”

        Bobinski said the decision “affects not only Aaron, but the team and a lot of folks, and it's not taken lightly. But we feel like it's the best thing for him right now.”

        Turner started the first six games and averaged 6.3 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds, tied for second in the Atlantic 10 Conference. He was suspended for last Saturday's game at Central Michigan for violating an disclosed team rule — which is not directly related to this suspension — but was expected to return to the team this past week, Instead, he missed practices Thursday and Friday and did not dress for the Shootout.

        Bobinski said it's Prosser's decision whether Turner will be allowed to practice. Bobinski said he doesn't expect Turner to miss the rest of the season.

        “We'll evaluate it when we see some progress,” he said. “We're going to have continuing conversations internally about what's right and what's not right.”

        Sophomore Kevin Frey, who started his second game Saturday against Cincinnati, will stay in the lineup.

        But Turner's absence will hurt XU's inside depth.

        XU's other big men are 6-10 Reggie Butler, 6-10 Obi Harris and 6-9 Marcus Mason. None has been a factor this season.

       



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