Mark Lyons not returning to Xavier
Redshirt junior guard Mark Lyons won’t return to Xavier, which
is now missing four of its starters from the team that reached the
round of 16 in the NCAA tournament last season.
Coach Chris Mack announced the mutual decision on Monday, after
they’d talked about how the shooting guard needed to change. Mack
and Lyons were at odds during the season, when the guard repeatedly
tried to take over games by driving into crowds of defenders or
taking long shots.
Lyons averaged 15.1 points last season, second to point guard Tu
Holloway. He lost his starting job for several games midway through
the season because Mack was unhappy with how he practiced.
”After our end-of-the-season meeting with Mark, it became
apparent that a change for both parties was the right thing moving
forward,” Mack said in a statement. ”During our meeting,
expectations were outlined for his fifth and final season, areas in
which I believe needed improvement.
”Mark did not recognize these expectations as being important,
and ultimately it was decided that a change of scenery would be in
his best interest. I wish Mark well.”
Lyons got a two-game suspension for his part in a brawl with
Cincinnati in December, which resulted in four players from each
The Musketeers have to replace four of their five starters from
last season. Holloway, center Kenny Frease and forward Andre Walker
– a graduate student last season – will leave after getting their
degrees. Freshman forward Dez Wells is the only returning