December 4, 2012; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos forward Darius Paul (24) shoots the ball over Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas (11) in the second half at Crisler Center. Michigan won 73-41. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois suspends Darius Paul for 2014-2015 season

Illinois head John Groce has suspended forward Darius Paul for the 2014-2015 season after an April 22 arrest for resisting arrest and underage drinking. Police saw the 20-year-old Western Michigan transfer acting suspiciously and after he ran away was pursued by police and arrested.

“After a thorough review of Darius’ year, which included multiple transgressions, I am suspending Darius from all team-related activities for the entire 2014-15 season,” Groce said in a statement. “As head coach, my concerns are always what is best for the University of Illinois, what is best for the men’s basketball program, and what is best for our student-athletes as people. I feel this penalty is necessary to help Darius as a person. We will continue to support him through this process.”

The 6-8, 220-pound forward averaged 10.5 points, 5.7 revounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with Western Michigan during the 2012-2013 season.

Paul will not be on scholarship during his suspension and opens up one spot on the Fighting Illini roster. Paul is due in court on Friday morning for a status hearing.

The suspension may appear to some to be awfully severe for underage drinking and resisting arrest, so what do you think about the length of the suspension?

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