The most heralded recruit in Ed DeChellis' tenure with the Nittany Lions, Buie began finding trouble practically from the moment he arrived on campus.
He was arrested twice last summer (for disorderly conduct and underage possession of alcohol), suspended from the team after 11 games for an unspecified violation of team rules and then cited for disorderly conduct again following an incident in February of this year.
I met with Taran following the conclusion of the season and we agreed it was in his best interest and in the interest of our program for him to pursue the remainder of his career at another school, DeChellis said. I have granted Taran his release to seek other opportunities and wish him well as he grows and progresses in the future.
The brother of record-setting Penn State guard Talor Battle, Buie's career was a bust on the floor, too. He averaged only 15.2 minutes per game and managed double figures in scoring just twice -- against overmatched Central Connecticut State and Mount St. Mary's. Against the BCS conference teams on Penn State non-conference schedule (Ole Miss, Maryland and Virginia Tech), Buie made 4 of 21 shots and 1 of 9 3-pointers.
He was suspended for an incident that allegedly happened at the team hotel where the Nittany Lions took up residence during semester break. No charges were filed in connection with that incident.
With Buie gone, Penn State now has two scholarships available for the class that will enroll this summer.