Team policy violation cited, coach says

Updated: December 27, 2003, 6:21 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- St. Bonaventure suspended star guard Marques Green for Saturday night's game against Kent State for violating a team policy, first-year coach Anthony Solomon said.

Green is the Bonnies' leading scorer, averaging 22.3 points per game.

"This is a matter that has been handled maturely by everyone, and it will remain within the structure of the team," said Solomon, who took over the school's trouble-ridden program in May.

Green, a 5-foot-7 guard, was with the team for this weekend's Rock-N-Roll Shootout at Gund Arena and was in street clothes watching as his teammates warmed up.

St. Bonaventure is coming off a scandalous season in which the Bonnies forfeited two games and were banned from the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament when players boycotted after one of their teammates was declared ineligible.

In addition, coach Jan van Breda Kolff was fired and the school's athletic director and president resigned. All three were identified by a school investigation that found the program lacking institutional control.

The scandal turned tragic in August when, William Swan, chairman of the school's trustees, committed suicide, in part because of a belief he had let down his alma mater.

The NCAA is expected to decide in January whether to punish the program further.

Solomon, an assistant coach for three years at Notre Dame before taking over the Bonnies, is trying to restore respect in the school's storied basketball program.

Solomon's players wear T-shirts saying, "Marching Forward. Together," the coach's mantra and message as he rebuilds the Bonnies.

Green scored at least 20 points in six of St. Bonaventure's nine games. He scored a career-high 43 points in an overtime loss at Niagara on Dec. 17.

Green had started 66 straight games before being disciplined.

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