Texas guard Kerwin Roach II (12) celebrates a 3-pointer against Oklahoma during a NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Austin, Texas. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

With five regular-season games left, Texas G Kerwin Roach suspended indefinitely

Posted February 22nd, 2019

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Texas senior guard Kerwin Roach II has been suspended indefinitely and his status for the rest of the season is now in doubt.

Horns247 first reported on Roach’s suspension on Thursday afternoon, however the school would not confirm the news.

School officials did not elaborate why Roach was suspended in a terse, one-sentence statement released to reporters Friday morning. It’s the second time this season Roach has been suspended. He was benched for the season opener against Eastern Illinois, also for an undisclosed violation of team rules. 

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The Longhorns’ leading scorer averages 15 points in what has been the best season statistically of his career. Neither Roach nor coach Shaka Smart has responded to messages from the American-Statesman.

The decision to suspend Roach clearly surprised the UT basketball staff. The Houston product spoke with reporters on Wednesday and talked glowingly about the chance to play Oklahoma this weekend and finish the regular season strong.

“We know what we can do and what we’re capable of,” Roach said. “We’ve just got to do all the little things that go into winning.”

After the Eastern Illinois suspension, Roach announced it himself on Twitter in a message addressed to “friends, family & Longhorns fans.” He also did not participate in UT’s two private scrimmages against LSU and Texas A&M.

“It is my senior year and this is not how I planned on setting an example for my team,” Roach wrote on Twitter at the time. “I am a work in progress and every day I am working hard to improve myself and those around me. I want to take this time to apologize to all my teammates for not being able to help in these upcoming games.”

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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