Tu Holloway, Xavier guard and reigning Atlantic-10 player of the year, was suspended for the season opener because of a self-reported secondary violation of NCAA rules limiting summer games, according to ESPN.
"Sometimes there are silly rules out there, but as silly as they are, you have to follow them," Xavier coach Chris Mack said. "Sometimes I don't like going 55 miles an hour on 71 in certain places but I have to follow the law."
Holloway, a senior, will miss the opener on November 11 at Morgan State. Last season, he helped lead Xavier to a share of the regular season conference title. He averaged 19.7 points, 5.4 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game and was named a 2010-11 Associated Press Third Team All-American.
“I think the important thing is that we found it out internally. We weren’t turned in by any other program. We police our own program,” Mack said. “It’s unfortunate but we’ll move forward and follow the rules.” Xavier is ranked 15th in the preseason USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. Holloway was named a preseason First Team All-American by Athlon Sports College Basketball magazine.