Louisville Suspends Caracter Indefinitely for Violating Team Rules

By: ESPN.com News Services
By: ESPN.com News Services

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville forward Derrick Caracter has been suspended from the No. 22 Cardinals indefinitely for a curfew violation, coach Rick Pitino said Monday.

Caracter, who will move out of the dormitory where he lives with the rest of the basketball team, has had a series of run-ins with Pitino since the sophomore arrived last season. He was sent home to New Jersey briefly almost a year ago.

Pitino said he wasn't sure when Caracter would return, only that "it's going to be a while."

The team, not Pitino, decided on the suspension, the coach said.

Pitino wanted to suspend Caracter before last weekend's loss to Dayton, but gave in to players' requests to play him. Caracter is second on the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game, and averages 7.4 rebounds.

Caracter is the fifth Louisville frontcourt player now on the sideline.

Senior Juan Palacios is out after tearing cartilage in his right knee, senior center David Padgett broke his kneecap on Nov. 18 and is out at least 10 weeks, freshman George Goode didn't meet eligibility requirements and freshman Clarence Holloway had season-ending open heart surgery on Sept. 22.

In order to play, Caracter signed a contract Saturday that included a curfew -- "the easiest thing on the contract," Pitino said.

Caracter broke curfew the same night.

"The sad thing about it all is he knows how much the team went to bat for him," Pitino said. "And he also knows how much he's needed, already being short-handed."

Louisville (5-2) has only seven scholarship players available for their next game Saturday against Purdue in Indianapolis.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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