On Wednesday evening, Vanderbilt’s 2013-2014 basketball team took an enormous blow, as their leading scorer (and likely best player) was suspended for the remainder of the season for an academic issue.
Vanderbilt announces leading scorer Eric McClellan violated academic policy, will not be enrolled/play this semester.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) January 8, 2014
That news was certainly unfortunate enough for Kevin Stallings and the somewhat struggling Commodores, but on Friday, things took another negative turn.
Vandy guard Eric McClellan is now done for good. Kicked off the team after new info came to light. Tough blow for Commodores.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) January 10, 2014
Vanderbilt released a statement that provided for the dismissal of McClellan from the program altogether after new information broke, and this is a devastating blow to the program. On the court, the 6-foot-4 guard from Austin, TX was averaging 14.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, and for a team that has major problems scoring the basketball (179th in the country in offensive efficiency), that type of production is difficult to replace.
The exact nature of McClellan’s infraction hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s a safe bet to assume that it was quite severe to endure this type of punishment. It’s time for Vandy to move on without him, but things don’t get any easier, as they host SEC favorite Kentucky in Nashville on Saturday.