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Illinois suspends Darius Paul for 2014-15 season

Updated: May 16, 2014 11:28PM

Illinois sophomore forward Darius Paul has been suspended for the 2014-15 season, the school announced Tuesday.

The news came three weeks after Paul, 20, who sat out the 2013-14 season after transferring from Western Michigan, was arrested by university police for underage drinking and obstructing a police officer. According to coach John Groce, Paul — the brother of former Illini star Brandon Paul — has committed “multiple transgressions” during his brief time in Champaign.

“As head coach, my concerns are always what is best for the University of Illinois, what is best for the men’s basketball program, and what is best for our student-athletes as people,” Groce said in a statement. “I feel this penalty is necessary to help Darius as a person.”

Paul will not be on scholarship during his suspension, meaning Groce now has one available for the upcoming season. The absence of Paul could create more playing time for incoming freshman Leron Black and returning second-year player Austin Colbert.

Steve Greenberg

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