© St. Petersburg Times, published February 22, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas -- A Texas Tech player suspended for one game by coach Bob Knight left the team Friday after failing to show up for meetings and practices.
Nick Valdez had not practiced since he and Andre Emmett were benched for Monday's game against Texas for missing breakfast and a walkthrough meeting.
Both were reinstated Tuesday after finishing disciplinary conditioning work. Emmett practiced Wednesday and Thursday but not Valdez.
"He was told he could stay under certain stipulations, and he chose not to," athletic director Gerald Myers said.
One stipulation would have required Valdez to do more running than his teammates, Myers said.
Valdez could not be reached.
PENN 82, HARVARD 66: Jeff Schiffner made 7 of 10 3-pointers and finished with 21 points as the visiting Quakers improved to 8-0 in the Ivy League.
UCONN: Coach Jim Calhoun has run the past two practices two weeks after surgery for prostate cancer. The school said Calhoun might return today but it will be a game-time decision. Also, point guard Taliek Brown was cleared to play nearly three weeks after breaking his left index finger.
LOUISVILLE: Center Marvin Stone will meet with the NCAA on Sunday, but coach Rick Pitino said he isn't concerned.
"I don't think there is a situation," he said. "The NCAA randomly comes in to speak to players from time to time to find out either about his past, to find out about other people." Donald Jackson, an attorney for Stone's family, said he believes the NCAA wants to ask about Stone's time with an AAU team.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Jason Parker, a former Kentucky star and McDonald's All-American, is not attending classes because he has not finished his academic work from the fall semester. It appears his career at South Carolina is over.
USF 69, CHARLOTTE 59: Melissa Tape and Alana Tanksley scored 14 to lead the host Bulls. Jen Kline's 3-pointer gave USF (7-17, 2-9 C-USA) a 61-51 lead with 3:15 left. After the 49ers (17-7, 9-2) began to foul, USF made 6 of 8 free throws.