FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas’ already not so tall Razorbacks lost their two tallest players going into Tuesday night’s season opener against the Rice Owls at Walton Arena.
Arkansas coach Eric Musselman announced late Tuesday afternoon that 6-8 sophomore letterman is “indefinitely suspended for violation of team rules” and that the appeal for 2019-2020 eligibility by 7-3 sophomore center Connor Vanover transferring from the University of California has been denied.
Normally, undergraduate athletes transferring from one Division 1 school to another must redshirt and resume their eligibility the following season. Little Rock native Vanover was appealing to the NCAA he transferred to be closer to his ailing grandmother in Arkansas and because the California head coach who recruited him was fired after last season. With his waiver denied, Vanover will practice but not play games for the Razorbacks this season then begin Arkansas sophomore basketball eligibility in 2020-2021.
Musselman announced Chaney will practice with the Razorbacks but not play until fulfilling terms of his suspension.