"Despite losing a valuable on-court experience of three games and the cultural experience of a foreign trip to Canada, it is in Derrick's best interest that he not travel with us," said U of L men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. "We just need more time to review the information and expect this issue to be resolved soon."
At this time, the available information does not indicate any intentional wrongdoing on the part of Caracter, his family or the university. Caracter has continued to practice with the team.
A 6-9 forward from Fanwood, N.J., Caracter averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists for Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. last season. He has been impressive in practice sessions as the Cardinals have prepared for a three-game trip to Ottawa, Canada, although Pitino wants him get his weight down to 275 (from his current 295).
The Cardinals will play at Carleton University -- which has won four straight CIS Canadian national championships -- on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m., at the University of Ottawa on Sept. 3 at 1 p.m., and against Laurentian University on Sept. 4 at 11 a.m., a game that will be played at Carleton.