February 7th, 2012 12:24 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Auburn
Tags: Auburn Arena, March Madness Grant, SEC, Tony Mitchell
When Alabama rolls into Auburn Arena tonight they’ll do so without a key contributor. Junior forward Tony Mitchell has been put on indefinite suspension by coach Anthony Grant for “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Grant said his decision was based on “an accumulation” of issues, not just a single incident.
Mitchell averages 13.1 points per game and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Crimson Tide.
“It obviously hurts,” teammate Andrew Steele told TideSports.com. “He’s such a big part of what we try to do. But it’s a coach’s decision and we just have to focus on doing what we have to do to get a win.”
Alabama is currently 15-7 overall and just 4-4 in the SEC. Expected to be an NCAA Tournament team — and still a probable for March Madness — Grant is making quite a statement with his suspension of Mitchell. The Tide’s RPI and tourney resume will surely take a hit if Bama can’t overcome the loss of the talented forward tonight on The Plains.
Kudos to Grant for putting discipline first. If the moves comes back to haunt Alabama, you can be sure his decision will be second-guessed.
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