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Patrick Cole Suspended Indefinitely From Siena
- Updated: December 19, 2014
During the pregame show on Talk 1300 Patsos commented further on the Cole suspension:
“Patrick Cole, I wish him well. There’s no hard feelings. This is about Siena Basketball. This about the pride of a program for 30 years. Siena comes first as a university. Siena comes 1st as a community. Siena Basketball as a program comes first. Patrick’s not a bad guy but it was 1 step forward, 2 steps back. I gave him alot of chances. We just decided that we’re gonna move on without him. He’s not kicked out of school. There’s a lot of other things going on in the world that are a lot worse but this is about the team. ”
Siena announced on Friday morning that sophomore Patrick Cole has been suspended from the team immediately. Cole, a transfer from Coppin State was averaging 8.4 points and 17.4 minutes per game in this his first season at Siena after sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules.
“This was done with Patrick and our team’s best interests at heart,” Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. “It wasn’t one incident; he just needs to take some time away from basketball and refocus his priorities. It’s not an easy decision to make, but we’re trying to rebuild a proud program the right way. There are standards and expectations everyone is expected to meet.”
With the injuries to Lavon Long, Brett Bisping and Imoh Silas and the announced intention to transfer of Michael Wolfe, this leaves the Saints with just 8 available scholarship players for Friday’s game at Radford.
Cole, who has returned to his Newark, N.J. home, is said to be welcome to come back to Siena when classes resume January 12. Patsos did not set a timetable for his return to the basketball program.