UConn's Dyson, Wiggins suspended for breaking team rules

Updated: January 27, 2008, 3:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has suspended starting guard Jerome Dyson and backup guard Doug Wiggins indefinitely for violating team rules.

UConn was without both players when it upset Indiana (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) on Saturday. The two players will remain suspended for Monday night's home game against Louisville.

Wiggins and Dyson practiced Friday in Storrs, ESPN.com's Andy Katz was told. They weren't suspended before practice, but Calhoun received more information afterward and decided the players wouldn't travel to Indiana.

"It obviously isn't something that is making me particularly happy," Calhoun told The Hartford Courant after arriving at the hotel Friday. "This particular suspension is mine, no one else's. I took the action based upon what I felt was in the best interest of our basketball team and the university."

Calhoun said neither player was arrested and the discipline was not related to their grades. A school spokesperson reiterated that this wasn't a legal or academic matter.

Dyson, from Rockville, Md., is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 14.3 points. He has started all 18 games this season for UConn (13-5, 4-3 Big East). Wiggins, from East Hartford, has come off the bench in all 18 games, averaging 6.6 points.

Craig Austrie will start in place of Dyson. Reserve Curtis Kelly will receive more time off the bench with the absence of the two guards. Freshman Donnell Beverly, who has played sparingly this season, will also get more minutes.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Andy Katz was used in this report.