Joseph Suspended for Off Court Issues

On Thursday night it was announced that junior guard Devoe Joseph was suspended from the team indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Joseph will remain on the team in order to practice but will not be able to play or travel with the team.

Suspension of players is nothing new for the veteran Gophers. Last season, Trevor Mbakwe didn't get any minutes due to legal trouble, Royce White, who later transferred to Iowa State, had a myriad of allegations related to theft that prevented him from playing and Al Nolen had to sit out for all but 18 games due to academic issues.

Thus far, Coach Tubby Smith has not given any details into the situation but did say that Joseph would not be with the team during the first games and would not travel to play in a tournament in Puerto Rico.

The loss of Joseph is devastating to many Gophers fans. Last year, he was a light out shooter, hitting 38.8% of his threes while scoring 9.4 points per game to go with three assists. Joseph's role on the team was expected to increase this season when he could move back to play shooting guard behind Blake Hoffarber. With Joseph out, freshman such as Austin Hollins and Chip Armelin will need to step up in his absence.

Gopher fans can only hope that the "indefinite" period is relatively short and Joseph will be back sooner rather than later. Minnesota cannot afford to lose one of its best players to off the court issues for another season.

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