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|Burlington-Area Community College Forfeits Basketball Season; Details Scarce
|The Southeastern Community College men's basketball season is done.
The college Thursday announced that a total of ten players on the team have been dismissed "due to violations of college and athletic department policy concerning student conduct." The press release also states "the students will lose their scholarships."
The players dismissed from the team include: Marshaun Maull, Jordan Aaron, Nicos Norris, Davon Morton, Deonte Houston, Fahro Alihodzic, D'Lando Carter, Mike Hemsley, Elhadji "Bira" Seck and Ron Patten Jr.
"I'm very disappointed in the actions of these young men," SCC coach Terry Carroll said in a statement. "They each violated the SCC Athletic Code of Conduct. Sadly, these have been good kids who made some incredibly irresponsible and poor choices.
"These players have let down more people than just their remaining teammates," he said. "I feel really sorry for our coaches, for the college, and for all the fans and supporters of Blackhawk basketball."
Two additional players, Keenan and Keanu McGhee, will not return this spring semester due to academic ineligibility. Patten Jr. and Maull were also ruled academically ineligible earlier this month.
SCC President Beverly Simone, in the press release, said "the decision Coach Carroll and his staff made to dismiss the players affirms the college's values of excellence and integrity."
The two remaining eligible athletes, Tion Barnes and Taquan Zimmerman, are currently enrolled and are scheduled to begin the spring semester on Jan. 11.
Current season ticket holders may request a prorated refund for the remaining eight home games.
The press release also states that "due to laws regarding confidentiality and student privacy, the college cannot disclose the facts of these cases."
(Story from KBUR-AM, Burlington, Iowa)