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CRAWFORD | Louisville's Pitino says he's unsure whether suspended Jones will return

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, speaking with WHAS radio's Paul Rogers before Wednesday night's game at Syracuse, said that suspended point guard Chris Jones may not return to the team.

His full comment regarding Jones:

“I suspend players all the time," Pitino told Rogers. "My suspension is you're on the team, and you have curfew every night, have to get up early in the morning. Look, young people today are always getting in trouble, and will always do the wrong thing until you correct it. So we've probably had — it's been a tough year — 15 suspensions this year where we make them go through running, getting up early, curfew, and that's my idea of taking anybody away from the team where the team suffers. But then there are things outside of my hands, that when somebody does wrong that is not related to our basketball (team), that has to be done. So, I have to add, I'm not sure he is going to come back, because he didn't do what the assistant coach told him to do.

"So right now," Pitino continued, "It's, I don't know what's going to happen, but I'm really not thinking about it to be honest with you. We are a man down, a guy who is our best shooter, he's our best defensive player, our best assist guy, and now we're already weak defensively as it is, now we've got to go in with a freshman who doesn't guard real well and we don't have a back-up to him, really. So we've got a lot to get over to get ready for the next two weeks before March comes around, to prepare without him."

The loss of Jones is significant. In conference games only, Jones ranks eighth in the ACC in scoring, third in steals and third in assists.  Freshman point guard Quentin Snider is expected to start in Jones' place and see significant playing time.

"He'll be a freshman that's not very good defensively," Pitino said. "He'll give you 100 percent, he'll make some good plays. . . . I've got confidence in his offense, it's just his defense."

Speaking with John Ramsey on 93.9 FM in Louisville earlier in the day, U of L athletic director Tom Jurich said, “Chris is a great kid, and I hope that doesn't get lost in all this. I know he's probably taking a lot of bashing. . . . There is nothing major in this situation. They'll work through it.”

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