No. 19 Oregon suspends Artis, Carter
EUGENE, Ore. (AP)
Guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter have been suspended by the No. 19 Oregon Ducks for violating NCAA rules against selling team-issued apparel.
The length of the suspensions has not been determined. Artis and Carter did not accompany the team on its trip to South Korea for the Ducks' opener against Georgetown on Friday.
In a statement released Tuesday evening, Oregon did not provide details about what the players sold. Both must donate the value of the apparel to charity.
''Ben and Dominic are two good young men who made a poor decision that was against NCAA rules,'' Oregon coach Dana Altman said in the statement. ''I feel that both regret their decisions and the impact that it has on their teammates and our university.''
Oregon said it uncovered the violation internally and reported it to both the Pac-12 and the NCAA. Both players have applied for reinstatement. The violations were first reported Tuesday by the website CampusInsiders.com.
Artis, a sophomore, averaged 8.5 points and 3.2 assists last season. He was projected as a potential starter at guard with Johnathan Loyd.
''I want to apologize to the University, to Coach Altman and to my teammates for selling team apparel,'' Artis said in a statement provided by Oregon. '' I regret my actions and do not want this situation to define me or my character.''
Carter, also a sophomore, averaged 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. His absence will lead the Ducks thin in the frontcourt.
''As a student-athlete at Oregon, I recognize that I have a responsibility to represent our team and our University at all times with the utmost of integrity,'' Carter said in a statement. ''I regret the decision to sell the apparel and I am grateful to the NCAA and to the University for the opportunity to make amends.''
Oregon went 28-9 season and won the Pac-12 tournament to earn the automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the round of 16 before falling 77-69 to Louisville.
Oregon's opener against the Hoyas, the 2013 Armed Forces Classic, will be played at Camp Humphreys, a U.S. Army base in South Korea.