Coach James Johnson has suspended junior forward C.J. Barksdale for the first three games of the season (all home games against “don’t call us northern south carolina, we are usc-upstate”, west virginia, and western carolina). It was the classic “violation of team rules” and no, I don’t know what he did.
C.J. has seemingly been in Coach Johnson’s doghouse since the start of last season (including not playing in the game at maryland) and this is just another episode in that story. There were rumors C.J. might transfer after last season and now I’m wondering if he’s second-guessing staying. But like I said, I don’t know what happened and he has to take responsibility for what he did.
Let’s hope C.J. comes back and plays like the guy who averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds in a 4 game stretch towards the end of the season instead of the guy that scored 2 points or less in 12 of the 31 games he played in. Let’s hope the light finally comes on for him and he can find consistency game in and game out, because the Hokies certainly need it this year.
Random Quote: In this Roanoke Times article, Coach Johnson said, “CJ was a junior, a guy that played with the smell of the popcorn.” If you have any idea what the second half of that sentence means, let me know.
Also, in the same article, it is mentioned that freshman center Maurice Kirby is likely to redshirt. As expected, Trevor Thompson has moved ahead of Kirby on the depth chart. Kirby was not a highly rated recruit so this is not a big surprise. The con though is now he could use up one of Tech’s 13 scholarships for 5 years instead of 4, so if he doesn’t pan out, you’d rather have him off the books earlier. But obviously it is way too early to say that. This should allow Kirby to focus on getting stronger and more fit for Tech’s up-tempo style, and with Raines gone after this season, Kirby will be counted on next year (there are no bigs currently in the ’14 Class).