Memphis coach weighs additional punishment for Dozier
Memphis coach John Calipari said he'll decide by Friday if junior forward Robert Dozier, who was benched for Wednesday night's win over SMU, will play Saturday when the top-ranked Tigers play host to Central Florida.
Dozier broke a team rule when he visited a nightclub early Sunday morning, Calipari said.
"He was out at 2:30 a.m., so he's going to have the same leash I had with Jeremy Hunt," Calipari said late Wednesday by phone. The coach was referencing the former Tiger who had a history of violating team rules under Calipari. "If he screws up again, he's gone. He's got one more chance."
Dozier averages 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds for 22-0 Memphis, which has a much-hyped home game looming Feb. 23 against No. 7 Tennessee (19-2).
Calipari elected to have Dozier be in uniform for the SMU game, participate in warmups and sit on the bench as a way of humbling the player. Dozier was included in the scorebook to ensure that he would be available in an emergency, Calipari said.
Calipari also said he purposely had Dozier speak to the media after Memphis' 77-48 victory over the Mustangs.
"I want to apologize for any harm or misconceptions about our university or school. I want to apologize to my parents, my teammates and my coaching staff," Dozier said, according to The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.
Calipari emphasized he wouldn't hesitate to dismiss Dozier if he violated team policy in the future."I'll make sure whatever happens at the end of this, that it never happens again," Dozier said, according to the newspaper.
Senior writer Andy Katz covers men's college basketball for ESPN.com.