Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon was out recruiting Wednesday, and a team spokesman said he was still considering possible discipline for forward Charles Mitchell. The sophomore was sent to the locker room during the first half of the Tuesday night's 64-47 home win over Virginia Tech after being disruptive on the bench.
There is a possibility that Mitchell, the team's leading rebounder, could sit out Sunday's regular season finale at home against No. 5 Virginia.
Turgeon had said Tuesday night that he spoke with Mitchell after the game and would revisit the incident again Wednesday before making a final determination on any discipline. He was not available for comment Wednesday.
A team source who witnessed Mitchell's behavior said that the 6-foot-8 forward was upset about being pulled from the game with a little more than four minutes left in the first half.
Mitchell was told by assistant coach Scott Spinelli that his behavior was not in line with the bench conduct Turgeon wants his players to demonstrate, but Mitchell waved Spinelli off and continued to complaining about being pulled in favor of freshman center Damonte Dodd, the source said.
Junior guard Dez Wells tried to calm Mitchell down, but he was unsuccessful.
After Turgeon brought his team together during the under-4-minute media timeout, Mitchell continued to talk while Turgeon was speaking to the rest of the players about what he wanted from them the remainder of the half. Turgeon then ordered Mitchell to go to the locker room.
Mitchell emerged with about eight minutes left in the second half and sat at near the end of the bench.
Former Maryland basketball star Walt Williams, who currently serves as an analyst on the team's radio broadcast at home games, said Wednesday that he did not see what happened before the timeout was called, but he noticed that Mitchell was upset about something during the timeout.
"I was listening to what Mark was telling them at the under-4-minute timeout, and I could hear Charles talking too," Williams said. "You could hear both of them. Charles wasn't going back and forth with anyone, he was talking to himself. That's what happened when we were inside the huddle. I can't speak to what was happening before. He was being disruptive and Mark sent him to the [locker rooom] to cool off."
Williams — who starred at Maryland from 1988-1992 before a long NBA career — said Mitchell's outburst didn't surprise him.
"[Mitchell] is an emotional guy. He's high-octane," Williams said. "You want guys like that who want to be in the game, but they have to be respectful."
NOTE: Maryland announced that general public tickets for Sunday's game against Virginia have been sold out. The Terps' final regular season game as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference tips off at noon and will be televised nationally on CBS.
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