Men's Basketball coach Barry Hinson suspends Diamond Taylor indefinitely

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    Sept. 24, 2012

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Southern Illinois University men's basketball head coach Barry Hinson announced today that guard Diamond Taylor has been suspended indefinitely after he was charged with driving under the influence early Saturday morning.

    "I'm extremely disappointed in Diamond," Hinson said. "We're in the business of educating student-athletes and teaching them how to conduct themselves on and off court, and this is a significant setback."

    Taylor, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, played in 27 games and made nine starts last year for the Salukis. He averaged 3.2 points as a redshirt freshman in 2011 and 4.3 points as a sophomore last year.

    "The question now is how do we react?" Hinson continued. "I met with Diamond this morning and issued a challenge to him to become a first-class student and resident of Carbondale. How he responds will determine his status going forward."

    With the suspension of Taylor and plans to redshirt as many as three players, Hinson said his team will not have the depth he desires.

    "The suspension puts enormous stress on our team by dwindling our numbers, but it was the best course of action for the long-term success of our program," he said.