Nevada press conf. about Phillips' dismissal

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported Friday that athletic director Cathy Groth and men's basketball head coach David Carter held a press conference Thursday concerning the aftermath of freshman forward Ahyaro Phillips' dismissal from the team.

Ahyaro Phillips, who had been cited for petty larceny in October, brought a gun onto campus and confronted some football players on April 15, 2009. He was dismissed from the team two days later. Phillips was subsequently arrested and has a court hearing next Friday, May 1, 2009.

The AD said that no other basketball player was directly involved in the incident; their presence was circumstantial. She added, "To read that these young men are not good young men is wrong."

Other things have been happening 'down in Reno.' Carter is the Wolf Pack's new head coach, hired on April 3rd to replace his former boss Mark Fox, who is now the new head coach at Georgia.

There has been some roster movement, but less than rumored. Junior forward Richie Phillips (no relation) won't use his final year of eligibility because of recurring tibial stress fractures and chronic pain. He sat out his first college year and missed parts of his freshman and sophomore seasons because of injuries.

Malik Cooke, a sophomore forward who averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while starting every game this past season, has been released to look at other schools. The coaching change is apparently not an issue; rather he has some personal concerns and wants to be closer to his North Carolina home.

Finally, Coach Carter said that rumors that 6-foot-9 freshman forward Luke Babbitt is transferring are not true.

LINK: Reno Gazette-Journal story



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