Hickey becomes another LSU athlete in trouble
There must be something in the water in Baton Rouge.
First, it was the LSU football team that had far more disciplinary problems with players than desired before the 2012 season. And now, the basketball team has joined the act.
First-year head coach Johnny Jones announced on Friday that sophomore guard Anthony Hickey has been suspended indefinitely from the team due to a violation of athletic department and university policies.
Hickey's violations and their extent has yet to be disclosed by Jones or LSU.
His presence will certainly be missed by the undefeated Tigers. So far this season, Hickey has averaged 10 points a game and led the team in assists.
His name only adds to a long list of LSU athletes that have broken the rules and been punished accordingly over the last two years.
The football team has been the main corporate.
Last season, Russell Shepard was suspended for the first four games of the season due to NCAA violations while Jordan Jefferson was also suspended for those first four contests due to his involvement in an off-season bar brawl that resulted in his arrest.
During the year, Tyrann Mathieu, Spencer Ware and Tharold Simon were all suspended for the Auburn game for testing positive for synthetic marijuana.
The off-the-field issues only got worse this off-season when Mathieu failed yet another drug test and was promptly booted off of the team by head coach Les Miles.
That was followed by projected starting linebacker Tahj Jones and three other Tigers being ruled ineligible before the start of the season.
And now, the Tiger basketball squad has added a new member to a long list of troubled LSU athletes of the past few years.
The extent of Hickey's suspension is still very fluid and could change at any point. In the meantime, his team will prepare to play without him.
They'll have three straight road games against Boise State on Friday, UC Irvine next Tuesday and Marquette next Saturday.