Cardinals' Caracter Declared Ineligible

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Louisville coach Rick Pitino says center Derrick Caracter has been declared academically ineligible.

Caracter announced in March his intention to try professional basketball but now apparently wants to stay in college.

But Pitino told The Courier-Journal that Caracter now has too many issues to overcome to return for his junior year. Pitino says it would be best for Caracter to go somewhere else.

Pitino says Caracter will have to transfer to another school if he wants to keep playing in college. The coach says he had hoped Caracter would give the pros a try.

Caracter averaged 8.3 points and 4.5 rebounds mostly as a reserve last season. He was suspended several times during his Louisville career for off-the-court issues, and Pitino said in April that Caracter was "a major thorn in my side."


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