Loyola basketball coach Jimmy Patsos said Sunday that sophomore point guard R.J. Williams (St. Frances) has been suspended until mid-January for an unspecified violation of team rules.
The length of the suspension was dictated by athletic department policy.
"He is still on the team, he is still practicing, we are not going to turn our back on R.J.," Patsos said.
Patsos would not say what Williams did to be suspended, but made it clear that it is not an academic issue.
"He's worked hard in the classroom, he's doing well in school," Patsos said.
Citing federal privacy laws that protect all college students, athletic director Jim Paquette declined to say what Williams did to violate team rules, "but if someone violates team rules they violate athletic department rules."
Patsos had hoped that the suspension would be for the first semester and that Williams would be back for a Dec. 28 matchup against future Patriot League opponent Bucknell. But Patsos was informed last week that Williams could not come back until Jan. 17.
Williams will miss the team's first 16 games. Though Williams averaged just 4 points and 2.6 assists in a little less than 25 minutes a game, Patsos considered him a key contributor on a 24-9 team that went to the NCAA tournament. It was the first NCAA tournament appearance for the Greyhounds in 18 years.
Without Williams, Patsos said that he will likely move junior Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) from shooting guard to point guard and find a replacement for Cormier.