Former Memphis star Austin Nichols dismissed from Virginia
Former Memphis Tiger star Austin Nichols, who transferred to Virginia after his sophomore year, has been kicked off the Cavaliers basketball team by head coach Tony Bennett.
The 6’9 junior power forward announced he was leaving Memphis on July 7th, 2015.
There has been a lot of speculation as to why he left Memphis in the first place. If you are a regular reader of MFST, you know I have been following Austin Nichols through this whole process. I have my theory as to why he left Memphis, and why 6 other Tiger players did as well within about a years time.
Nichols was suspended for two exhibition games to start the season, along with the season opener this year for a violation of team rules. Apparently Nichols didn’t receive the message after his suspension. When asked about Nichols release, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said, “it is a privilege to be part of the Virginia program, and Austin has lost that privilege”.
No other specific details about Nichols dismissal have been made public at this time. What is obvious is that he lost Tony Bennett’s trust rather quickly, and it wasn’t for anything he did on the court.
Now speculation and debate will be stirred up as to what is next for Austin Nichols. Obviously we’re going to have to wait for more details to surface about why he was dismissed from Virginia. Will he reopen recruiting? Who would be interested? Is a return to Memphis possible? How much eligibility will he even have left? Does he even want to play basketball anymore?
Circumstances have changed at Memphis with Josh Pastner out, and Tubby Smith in. We know Tubby is a mentor and father figure for young men so maybe that is enticing. Too much is unknown right now. We’ll wait and see what’s on the next page, of a new chapter, in the book of Austin Nichols.
Brandon Reid covers NCAAB and Memphis Tigers for MyFantasySportsTalk.com | Follow him on Twitter @New_Breid
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