CRAWFORD | Jones dismissed from Louisville basketball team
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Chris Jones' on-again, off-again season for the University of Louisville basketball team now appears off, for good.
The senior point guard has been dismissed from the basketball team, the school announced today in a press release. Sports information director Kenny Klein delivered the news in a two sentence email to media, and said there would be no further comment.
Jones had returned to the team Saturday to rave reviews, scoring 17 points after a one-game suspension that U of L coach Rick Pitino said was for a non-basketball incident on campus.
Just last week, Pitino had referred to Jones as a "knucklehead" in discussing his off-the-court issues. But he insisted that Jones on the court was as competitive a player as he had ever coached. After Saturday's game, Pitino said, "Is it fun to coach him? Not like Russ Smith. There's not a lot of laughter coaching him. (But) you appreciate how hard he works, so you give him some latitude when things don't go well."
That latitude now, however, appears to have been exhausted. Jones said watching the Syracuse loss from Louisville was difficult. "I know for a fact if I play, we would have won."
Now the Cardinals shift their point guard duties to Louisville native Quentin Snider, who played well in relief of Jones at Syracuse, but isn't the defender Jones is.
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