Notre Dame’s rebounding-challenged frontline will really be up against it Wednesday night when the Irish (15-2, 3-1) take on Georgia Tech (9-6, 0-3) in Atlanta.
Zach Auguste, Notre Dame’s 6-foot-10, 242-pound junior who is second on the team in scoring (14.3 ppg.) and rebounding (6.4 rpg.), will not participate against the Yellow Jackets tonight at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of Georgia Tech.
A University spokesman confirmed that Auguste did not make the trip with team to Atlanta. Fox28News in South Bend reported late Tuesday night that sources indicated that Auguste had been suspended. It was suggested at the time that Auguste’s “suspension” would be for the rest of the season.
Irish head coach Mike Brey is expected to address Auguste’s future status following tonight’s 7 p.m. ET game at Georgia Tech. A source told the South Bend Tribune that it’s too early to term Auguste’s absence from the lineup “a suspension.” A source told Sports Illustrated that the disciplinary action taken against Auguste is “specifically academics-related.”
The news comes as a huge blow to the Irish who, despite their six-point home loss to No. 3 Virginia Saturday, remained ranked No. 12 this week in the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Irish also sit atop Division I basketball in shooting percentage, despite significant difficulty on the offensive boards in victories over Michigan State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
Bonzie Colson, a 6-foot-5 freshman, whose specialty is rebounding but has not seen action in the last three games, also is a strong possibility to get playing time against the Yellow Jackets, who boast a couple of 270-pounders in Charles Mitchell and Demarco Cox.