Status Of CU's Jason Carter

Although Head Coach Ricardo Patton has not heard from Jason Carter, he is assuming the forward has left the team.

Ricardo Patton has not heard from Jason Carter. So the Colorado coach says he will simply move on as if the sophomore forward will not return.

"We've moved on," Patton said Monday. "I am just assuming that he is no longer a part of the team."

It's a puzzling situation.

Carter left the men's basketball team last Friday to return home to Nevada for what is being said are family reasons.

Patton said Carter has not withdrawn from school. Following the Nebraska game on Saturday, Patton still had little to go on, but was more willing to hear Carter out.

"I have not spoken with him," Patton said then. "He talked with coach (Terry) Dunn prior to us leaving at 12:45 p.m. (on Friday). Coach Dunn called me and said he had some personal problems at home in Las Vegas that he had to go and attend to. So, that's all I know at this point. I don't know if it's immediate family, or, you know, he has a child. So I don't know."

But Patton added that he would not initiate contact with Carter to get the information.

"It's not my policy to chase them down," Patton said. "So I'll wait and hear what his story is and make a determination at that point."

Carter has played in seven games since being declared academically eligible to play in December. He averages 2.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

In his absence Saturday, junior forward Lamar Harris, who had been averaging 15.3 minutes per game, played 24 against the Cornhuskers. He scored six points, all in the first half, and grabbed four rebounds, three of which came in the first half.

Monday, after saying he'd moved on, Patton vented on players leaving schools.

"What's really disturbing to me is with kids leaving programs you see there's no commitment to programs. It's something I think the NCAA should take a look at. I think it's an epidemic. And until the NCAA steps in and does something about it, I think it will continue."

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