Utah State basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Thursday that the four players suspended last week for violating team rules while the team was on its road trip to Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State will be available for Saturday's game with Nevada.
"Being this is a one-game week it gave me a chance to meet with them," Morrill said. "As I told you before, this was a case of some good kids making a bad choice."
Stephen DuCharme, Pooh Williams, Desmond Stephens and redshirt Jaxon Myaer were sent home last Friday for violating team rules when the team was in Ruston, La. It is unclear whether the violations occurred the Wednesday before the Aggies tipped off against La. Tech last Thursday night or following the game that the Aggies won 71-61.
Details of the violation were not disclosed. The four missed Utah State's 100-70 loss to New Mexico State.
"We're done with it," Morrill said. "They have apologized to their teammates and the coaches and we're on to the next thing. They will play on Saturday."
The Aggies (15-6, 5-1) tip with Nevada (12-7, 4-2) at 7 p.m. in the Smith Spectrum, and the game can be seen live on KJZZ.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Aggies are 32-1 in the last nine years at home following a loss, and overall they are 46-13. The Aggies are 4-1 overall after a loss this year. Also, the Aggies are 17-3 all-time in Western Athletic Conference games at home.
SPETMAN UPDATE: Utah State athletic director Randy Spetman will officially interview for the AD job at Florida State today. Spetman is one of four going for the job. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, former Montana AD Wayne Hogan; Don Smiley, former Florida Marlins president; and Martin Mayhew, Detroit Lions senior vice president are on the short list for the job.
TURNOVER WOES: Utah State turned the ball over a combined 42 times in its win over La. Tech and loss to New Mexico State. In their previous 12 games, the Aggies were turning the ball over an average of 11.9 times.TAI-LER: Freshman Tai Wesley leads the WAC in field goal percentage at 66.1 percent and in his last five games he is averaging 10.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. Fellow freshman Tyler Newbold posted career highs in points (20) and rebounds (7) in the Aggies' 30-point loss to New Mexico State. Both have started the last 11 games and the Aggies are 10-1 in those games.
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