BUFFALO, N.Y. -- St. Bonaventure guard Tyler Relph was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday, three days after being charged
with drunken driving.
Relph was suspended Tuesday for violating the athletic
department's code of conduct and team policy, athletic director Ron
Zwierlein said in a statement. Zwierlein added that the suspension
was for an incident outside of school and that his decision was
backed by coach Anthony Solomon, who was out of town.
Citing student privacy rules, school officials provided no other
details on the suspension.
Village of Allegany police chief Dominic Papasergi said
Wednesday that Relph was charged with driving while intoxicated and
other traffic violations after allegedly running a stop sign just
outside of Olean early Sunday morning.
Relph, who turns 21 in June, declined comment when contacted by
The Associated Press.
Relph transferred to St. Bonaventure last spring after playing
his freshman season at West Virginia. He was expected to be the
Bonnies' starting point guard next season, after sitting out last
season under NCAA transfer rules. He is a former New York high
school player of the year out of the Rochester area.
Relph's suspension could be a serious blow to a team coming off a
2-26 season and still in the process of rebuilding after the
program was sanctioned by the NCAA last year, following a player
eligibility scandal in 2002. The Bonnies were punished for using
junior forward Jamil Terrell, who was ruled ineligible because he
failed to meet NCAA junior college transfer guidelines after
earning a welding certificate at a Georgia community college.
In a news release, Solomon said he would address Relph's
suspension once he returns to campus and has more information.