Forward suspended again
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State forward Jackson Vroman, arrested early Thursday on a drunken driving charge, was suspended from the team for the second time in five months and his return was in question, coach Wayne Morgan said.
Vroman, a 6-foot-10 senior, was suspended in May after being charged with possession of marijuana. That suspension, mandatory under the athletic department's code of conduct because it involved drugs, later was lifted.
"I can't fully express my disappointment in Jackson," Morgan said Thursday. "Jackson has let down his teammates and supporters of our basketball program. He has jeopardized his future at Iowa State University."
Iowa State police stopped Vroman at 2:20 a.m. Thursday after the car he was driving was seen weaving back and forth across the center line, police Capt. Gene Deisinger said. Officers also learned that the license plate on the car, owned by a passenger riding with Vroman, had expired.
Vroman failed a sobriety test at the scene but refused to take a test to determine his blood-alcohol content, Deisinger said. He was booked at the university police station, then held the rest of the night at a county jail.
Officers also charged Vroman with driving on the wrong side of the street and driving without a vehicle registration.
Depending on the length of his suspension -- or if Vroman doesn't return -- Iowa State could start the season without two of its top three players. Starting point guard Tim Barnes is academically ineligible for the first semester. Barnes was arrested for drunken driving and possession of marijuana in June.
The Iowa State program was rocked by the disclosure last spring that former coach Larry Eustachy had partied with college students after games on Big 12 road trips. Eustachy resigned and was replaced in early May by Morgan, who had been an assistant.
Two other players were charged with alcohol offenses during the season, and assistant coach Randy Brown was charged with possession of child pornography. He later resigned.
Vroman led Iowa State in rebounding (9.4), was second in scoring (12.5) and shot 55 percent from the field last season after transferring from Snow Community College in Utah.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press