UCLA head coach Steve Alford says he expects a decision from UCLA administration on the futures of the three players accused of theft during a trip to China in the near future.
“It’s really on the school,” Alford said, according to the Associated Press. “It’s in that process now. When that process ends, I’m sure the administration will bring me in.”
Until then, freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley are serving indefinite suspensions from the Bruins’ basketball program. That includes being banned from team activities, including practices and games. Coaches are also not allowed to directly work with the trio.
“Their focal point has been on academics because they missed a lot of class,” Alford said. “The athlete part has been taken away, but the academic part has not. Without basketball, all your concentration can be on having the best quarter that you may have.”
The three players made national headlines after being detained in China on accusations of theft. Upon their return, the three apologized during a press conference.
Per the AP:
The players are subject to review for violating the university’s Student Conduct Code, which includes a section on theft.
“I don’t know all the ins and outs of how that takes place or the length of time. I don’t think we’re talking about months,” Alford said. “We’ll get feedback after that is over.”
The three players are allowed access to team facilities and are conducting workouts on their own to stay in shape.
UCLA is currently 5-1 and dropped out of the AP Poll in the fourth week of the season.
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