What’s goin on?
Let’s move the news and we’ll be back with notes in another post but UConn Coach Paul Pasqualoni talked about Tevrin Brandon’s dismissal from the team and school this week after practice today, the Huskies third – of 15 – in which they were dressed out in pads but did not scrimmage.
The school made an official announcement Friday on Brandon, a redshirt junior reserve and according to sources it was over a campus-policy issue. Later it in the day it was revealed Brandon had been arrested on Feb.18 and charged with second degree breach of peace, second and third-degree assault.
He is scheduled to appear in Rockville Super Court Wednesday.
“In this day and age on a college campus I think that…I’m not sure you know what to expect,” Pasqualoni said. “Does it shock me? Not totally, ok? Is it a heavy price to pay? Yeah. It’s a mistake and a heavy price to pay.”
Pasqualoni said he intends to help Brandon down the road.
“I personally..he’s never been on a list for anything,” the coach said. “He’s never missed a class to my knowledge in the year I’ve been here, hasn’t really done anything. This is one moment of bad judgement so I’m going to help the kid. We left…it’s a good relationship. Now, when it happened, we had a long conversation about how wrong it was. I can’t condone and explain the consequences to him when it happened.”
“My policy is that I was doing a lot of my own research into the thing, the whole big picture of what happened, OK? If this was a guy that had been on numerous lists – I have a lot of lists: breakfast is mandatory, class is mandatory, tutors are mandatory, study hall is mandatory, behavior, meetings, etc., I have a lot of checks and balances, a lot of accounting - when I go back on something like this and the guy is not on one list in a year then I look a little bit deeper into it. I have a tendency to want to figure it all out. Now, if a guy is on a list five times it’s (Pasqualoni makes the wash your hands with it motion)…I’m done. When something happens for the first time you try to be fair. You try to take things into consideration.
“We were still working through all the details of it. We were still getting reports. I hadn’t had all the reports and I told him I was going to allow him to stay in the program until I had my final report; my final piece of research done and/or the university had their final piece of work done.”
The university, apparently, got it’s research done and made the final call.