[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Well, the cat is out of the bag and the UD basketball program is once again dealing with an off-the-court malady. After a few weeks of rumors and speculation, the University of Dayton has finally acted and decided to “hold out” Dyshawn Pierre for the fall semester.
[su_testimonial name=”Jeff Goodman” photo=”http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/photo.png” company=”ESPN.com” url=”http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/13703935/dyshawn-pierre-dayton-flyers-suspended-fall-semester”]Dyshawn Pierre, Dayton’s leading returning scorer and rebounder, has been suspended by the school for the fall semester, a source close to the situation told ESPN. Pierre is expected to miss the first 10 games of the season. He will likely be eligible to return Dec. 22 against Miami (Ohio). The 6-foot-6 senior averaged 12.7 points and 8.1 rebounds per game last season for a Flyers team that won 27 games and lost to Oklahoma in the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament. Dayton lost Jordan Sibert to graduation, but coach Archie Miller returns three starters — Kendall Pollard, Scoochie Smith and Kyle Davis — to a team that is expected to contend for the A-10 title.[/su_testimonial]
Without getting into too many details, it seems from the information we’ve heard that UD is dealing with another “Kavanaugh” situation. The bad news — Dyshawn Pierre will not be enrolled in school for at least the fall semester and the University of Dayton will suffer yet another black eye from a public relations standpoint.
The good news — the initial response may indicate that Dayton believes this situation will be resolved without criminal charges. From what has been divulged (again, this is all information gathered from the rumor mill — so take it with a grain of salt) there is an absence of physical evidence and what appears to be a very difficult evidentiary case to bring to trial. I believe if Dayton thought there were graver concerns, it would have taken a page from their Kavanaugh playbook and suspended Pierre for the entire season.
Instead, it seems that the University is wisely doing everything it can to absolve itself from further embarrassment. Although the accuser is no longer enrolled at UD, the school is learning from the recent failures at Notre Dame and Baylor, choosing to remove Pierre from all team-related activities until this situation has come to a conclusion.
There is no telling how long an investigation like this will take or if it will even be brought before a grand jury. However, it is clear from the University’s standpoint that the case will likely be resolved by the time the spring semester commences.
So yeah, we are dealing with this shit again. Go Flyers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o' D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.