Devoe Joseph To Leave Minnesota Men’s Basketball Team

Just a year ago, Devoe Joseph looked like the best player on the University of Minnesota men’s basketball team. And here we are on Tuesday, and Joseph has decided to leave the program.

That’s according to a report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Myron Medcalf.

It’s been an interesting year for Joseph, who was suspended earlier this season for an unspecified violation of team rules. He had since been reinstated, but he missed the team’s last game as well.

As a few of us like to say in the office, “What’s going on over there?” It does make you wonder. First, it was highly touted prospect Royce White‘s drawn-out decision to leave. Now, Joseph bolts.

They could be isolated incidents. Or maybe it’s just a case of head coach Tubby Smith running a tight ship, and some guys simply can’t handle it.

Either way, the Gophers have now lost two players who were supposed to be their stars for the next couple of years. With Al Nolen in the fold this year, they can handle losing Joseph for now. But eventually, when Nolen graduates, they will REALLY start to miss him.

4 Responses

  1. John Dermody

    Tubby — or presumably any coach trying to build a good program — is right. If guys don’t want to buy in, sayonara.

    Too many wannabe stars.

    The Vikings should also weed out a few, Bryant McKinney, for example. The analogy isn’t perfect, of course, since those clowns play for real money. His pro bowl antics should have punched his ticket for a trade this year but I suppose Chilly thought he was a valid reclamation project.

    I fear that college athletics will eventually be affected by the pros so much that there will be much more “I” and less “team” in the sports we love.

  2. Well there goes any chance the Gophers had of competing for the Big Ten title… this combined with the injury to Maurice Walker make it a real tough start to the conference season for the Gophs.

  3. You wouldn’t believe how long ive been looking for something like this. Scrolled through 6 pages of Google results couldn’t find diddly squat. 3rd page of Bing. There you are!… Really must start using that search engine more often, thanks.

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