[Note by Adrian Mac, 01/14/11 12:12 PM CST ] Update: The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Jason Smith has the story. Apparently, Witherspoon 'mimicked' and 'mocked' a Memphis assistant after the Tigers loss to struggling SMU. Witherspoon even grabbed the microphone on the team bus and did an impression of the coach. Witherspoon was a preseason first team All-CUSA selection. Below is the original post which was published yesterday.
CBS Sports Gary Parrish is reporting that Memphis coach Josh Pastner has indefinitely suspended junior Wesley Witherspoon from the Tigers basketball squad. Witherspoon was expected to be a veteran leader on this young Memphis team, but the 6'9 guard/forward has not had the season the Tigers expected or needed from him. Witherspoon is averaging only 11.5 points per game which is actually a point off his sophomore stat line.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner has indefinitely suspended Wesley Witherspoon.
It's interesting to see the Twitter fallout that has come on the heels of Parrish's first tweet. While Parrish hasn't yet reported as to why WItherspoon has been suspended, he did offer one hint:
Seth Davis of CNNSI chimed in with his thoughts. Well, just read it.
I expected Memphis to struggle with so many young players. But when the so-called elder leader gets suspended indefinitely, it's Code Blue.
Code Blue? This morning in the Dig, I led off with Memphis news because it's obvious that the wheels are starting to fall off the wagon. Josh Pastner's second squad was filled with talent and with Witherspoon was expected to steamroll the C-USA. Now, ego's and attitudes have plagued the young and immature roster.
Hey. I'm not complaining.
While it would have been nice for the C-USA to have two teams in the Top 25 right now, and helped the league considerably to have Memphis beat Georgetown or Tennessee, watching this team unravel before our eyes is far more entertaining and interesting.