Monday , Jan , 12 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

West Virginia forward Schifino dismissed from team

Morgantown, WV (Sports Network) – West Virginia University dismissed junior
forward Drew Schifino from its basketball team for a violation of team rules.

The 6-foot-3 Schifino was the squad’s leading scorer, averaging 17.6 points
and 5.1 rebounds in 11 games this year for the Mountaineers.

“This is a matter that will remain within the structure of the team,” said
head basketball coach John Beilein. “After meeting with my staff, we felt this
was the decision we had to make. This is not a knee-jerk decision. Due to
federal privacy laws, I can not discuss personal matters related to student-
athletes publicly.”

Beilein announced Friday that Schifino had been suspended indefinitely for the
unspecified violation.

“This is an unfortunate situation, but we’ll do whatever we can in helping him
transfer to another school,” said Beilein.