Guard dismissed for conduct detrimental to team

Updated: January 23, 2006, 11:32 PM ET
Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue freshman guard Korey Spates has been removed from the Boilermakers' roster for what the school said was conduct detrimental to the team.

Spates was averaging 10.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game for Purdue, which has lost four projected starters to injuries or suspensions this season.

"We felt that it would be in the best interests of Korey and our team to part company," Purdue coach Matt Painter said Monday in a statement. "I wish nothing but the best for him and his family."

Painter suspended the 6-foot Spates for six days in November before the season started.

Spates did not practice on Monday, and his release was not the result of a single action, team spokesman Elliot Bloom said.

Spates had played in 15 games for the Boilermakers (7-10, 1-5 Big Ten). He played 16 minutes and scored five points in Saturday's loss to Indiana.

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