Without the services of Larry Stewart and Reggie Isaac for the first time in three years, Coppin State basketball coach Fang Mitchell labeled this a season to "reload or rebuild." He had no idea he would have to attempt to reload without point guard Larry Yarbray, the school's all-time assist leader.
Yarbray has been suspended from the team indefinitely by Mitchell after not reporting to his team's past three practices. The 6-foot senior from Chester, Pa., has not been seen since Tuesday's 76-68 opening win over Winthrop College, when he was pulled out of the game after the first minute of the second half.
"As far as I'm concerned, I really can't see any reason for this, so I'm left with no choice but to suspend him indefinitely," said Mitchell, who put his team through a four-hour practice yesterday. "I told him we had to have him playing better, the way he was two years ago, when I felt he was one of the best point guards in the country. If we can't get him back that way, then we have a problem."