It all happened in a shocking instant. Just before the Arizona Wildcats set to host the College of Idaho Coyotes on Tuesday night, Sean Miller made an official announcement that center Chance Comanche has been suspended indefinitely by the program.
Speculation began when fans found Comanche not dressed during the pre-game warmups. Everything was confirmed shortly after when the following statement was released by Coach Miller:
“Chance Comanche will not play in tonight’s game due to his own lack of academic responsibility. As a Member of our basketball program, you are a student and an athlete, you are expected to do the best of your ability in both areas. It is not an option to compete and be held accountable on the court and not in the classroom. This suspension is indefinite.”
Comanche appeared in 23 games as a freshman last season, averaging 1.9 points in about 6 minutes per game. This year, however, Comanche was predicted by many to have a breakout season with Kaleb Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson now gone. With Comanche now suspended, the Wildcats will have to rely a lot more on Junior Dusan Ristic at the center position this year.
But Comanche isn’t alone. His suspension comes in the crossfire of another controversy surrounding teammate Allonzo Trier. For weeks now, rumors have continued to circulate Trier’s eligibility to play this season. Unlike Comanche’s situation however, Sean Miller has declined to comment on Trier’s situation. Trier’s absence from PAC-12’s media day and Tuesday night’s exhibition game has only since added fuel to the fire.
We will update this article as we get more info regarding the two players.
UPDATE 11/7: Chance Comanche has been removed from suspension and cleared to play on Friday against Michigan State.