Darius Paul suspended for 2014-15 season

Darius Paul suspended for 2014-15 season

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois basketball coach John Groce on Tuesday announced sophomore forward Darius Paul would be suspended for the 2014-15 season.

Paul was arrested on April 22 when University of Illinois police say they observed him acting suspiciously. After running away, Paul was chased and tackled by an officer and charged with underage drinking and resisting an officer. 

The 20-year-old transfer from Western Michigan was initially suspended indefinitely from the team until Groce’s announcement on Tuesday.

“After a thorough review of Darius’ year, which included multiple transgressions, I am suspending Darius from all team-related activities for the entire 2014-15 season,” Groce said in a statement. “As head coach, my concerns are always what is best for the University of Illinois, what is best for the men’s basketball program, and what is best for our student-athletes as people. I feel this penalty is necessary to help Darius as a person. We will continue to support him through this process.”

Paul is due back in court Friday at 9:30 a.m. for a status hearing.

During his suspension, Paul will not be on scholarship, meaning the UI has one available for the upcoming season.

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UIUCHoopFan wrote on May 13, 2014 at 4:05 pm

He's gone. Whether it's jail or transfer we won't be witnessing any more poor decision making out of Darius Paul. Works for me.

Illini1973 wrote on May 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm
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So if he stays (unlikely) would he have 2 or 3 years of eligibilty left?  5 years to play 4...but not on schollie this year??

BruckJr wrote on May 13, 2014 at 9:05 pm

It's five to play four.  Schollie doesn't matter.

jjohnson wrote on May 14, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Interesting and sad that the previous comments seem to reflect a complete indifference to the human situation. 20 years old is still a kid, and it is sad to see a kid having these problems, but good to see that his parents and Coach Groce and his staff care about the kid and do not, as do too many fans, regard him as just a piece of meat.

conner34 wrote on May 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm

I agree with JJohnson, the if and where Darius plays out his basketball career are irrelevant at this point, I just hope the best for this young man and hope he can turn his life around, then he can worry about the extra stuff life has to offer, like BBall.