Instead, Caracter remained in the New York City metropolitan area after the Crusaders' Saturday night victory over St. Thomas More at Baruch College in Manhattan.
"Derrick is ominous by his absence, and everyone notices when you don't have the big guy in the lineup," admitted Notre Dame Head Coach Bill Barton.
Just 48 hours later on Tuesday night, Barton said that Caracter has returned for classes at Notre Dame. It's unclear what role he will play for the Crusader basketball team as it attempts to go undefeated in 2005-2006.
"We had a long talk tonight," Barton said. "He asked me what he had to do to play." "I told him he wouldn't play on Wednesday, but that I am looking for the same stuff I am getting from Mike Davis, Lamonte Ulmer and Terrance Parks," Barton continued. "I am looking for an inside presence, someone who rebounds on both boards, plays defense and clogs up the middle."
"Derrick is doing very well in school, and he is not suspended from team," Barton explained. "He is still a member of team, but how much he plays will be decided on a game to game basis relating to his practice habits, intensity level and work habits."