From the start, Monday was a tough day for Will Wade. An earlier-than-usual 6 a.m. film session to go over myriad mistakes his LSU basketball team made in a 95-70 loss to No. 11 Auburn on Saturday and refocus for Wednesday's game with 18th-ranked Tennessee in Knoxville was just a start. By midday, Wade had suspended Wayde Sims and Brandon Rachal one game each for violating team policies and dismissed Mayan Kiir and Galen Alexander for the rest of the season. All four disciplinary actions were separate cases, Wade said. Sims is a sophomore, and the other three are freshmen. All four are reserves, though Sims started eight games earlier this season. “It was my decision,” Wade said of the suspensions for Sims and Rachal. “It'll just be a one-game suspension for those guys for something you shouldn’t do within a team. “They made a mistake. They made a mistake young people make. I think they both regret it. I don’t want to put words in their mouth, but they’re good kids. They’re good people." Of the four, Sims and Rachal, who Wade said will be back for LSU's home game Saturday against Arkansas, have played the most this season. Sims is averaging 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in playing all 20 games this season, while Rachal has averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 19 games. Kiir and Alexander have both played sparingly, averaging 1.9 points each.
Two LSU basketball players done for season, another two suspended one game, coach Will Wade says
The Advocate | Jan 30