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Hofstra's Mo Cassara suspends two

Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara reacts to game

Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara reacts to game action. (Feb. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Hofstra basketball coach Mo Cassara Wednesday announced a two-game suspension for Connecticut transfer Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Penn State transfer Taran Buie for what he termed a violation of team rules.

"I think what we've done is appropriate," said Cassara, who refused to disclose the players' infraction. The university, citing student privacy laws, released no details.

"I am very adamant about what I expect from our players, and moving forward they are going to have to understand that," Cassara said. He said the players, who have been at Hofstra since the fall of 2011, are attending classes and remain in good academic standing with the team, which opens practice next week.

Hofstra starts the season Nov. 9 at Monmouth. Coombs-McDaniel, a 6-7 junior forward, and Buie, a 6-2 sophomore guard, are projected starters and will become eligible Nov. 16 when Hofstra hosts a tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Coombs-McDaniel was part of UConn's NCAA championship team in 2010-11. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in two seasons.

Coombs-McDaniel was arrested in April 2011 on campus by UConn police, according to a report in the Hartford Courant, and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He and the school announced shortly after his arrest that he would be transferring from UConn.

At the time, the junior said he wanted more playing time, and the decision had nothing to do with his legal problems. The case, according to The Associated Press, resulted in Coombs-McDaniel attending a court-ordered state drug education program. A clerk for Rockville Superior Court, where the matter was adjudicated, said yesterday no information would be released.

Buie averaged 5.8 points in 11 non-conference games as a freshman at Penn State. The university said he was suspended in December 2010 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. State College police said Buie was "cited" for disorderly conduct in July 2010 and simple assault and criminal mischief in February 2010.

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