Calipari dismisses senior after latest off-court incident

Updated: October 4, 2005, 5:39 PM ET
Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis coach John Calipari dismissed guard Jeremy Hunt from the Tigers on Tuesday for violating team policy and an agreement with the university.

Hunt was suspended indefinitely from the team after an incident on Beale Street on Sept. 18. At about the same time, Hunt broke his hand in what he said was an accident during shooting practice.

"I think the university and I have gone out of our way to give Jeremy every chance to be a part of this program, but we can not allow his actions to continue to be an ongoing distraction for this team," Calipari said.

Hunt was charged with domestic assault Jan. 10 after an ex-girlfriend told authorities that he came to her home and beat her. He later agreed to an order of protection barring the two from any contact and from carrying a firearm.

Hunt met with Calipari and athletic director R.C. Johnson on Tuesday.

"Jeremy knew he had very little room for error after last year's incident," Johnson said. "I believe that he was given more than his fair share of opportunities to be a part of our basketball team."

Hunt had a career-high 24 points against Northeastern in the 2005 NIT and averaged 9.5 points in 66 games.

Calipari said Hunt will stay in school and finish his degree.


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