LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Louisville sophomore center-forward Derrick Caracter was suspended Monday by Cardinals Coach Rick Pitino for breaking team rules.
Caracter won't be allowed to practice with the team and will move into regular student housing, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
Pitino said Caracter had been under "dorm suspension" and had twice broken a curfew set in September. The coach said the decision to suspend Caracter was made "by the team."
He said Caracter could rejoin the team but "It's very, very difficult what I'm seeing today. These young guys have just got to get it."
Caracter started four of Louisville's seven games and averaged 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game this season.
The action leaves Louisville, 5-2 and rated No. 20 this week, with seven scholarship players available. The team's front line has been depleted early this season with senior forward Juan Palacios out with a knee injury; senior center David Padgett out at least 10 weeks with a broken kneecap; freshman forward Clarence Holloway whose season ended after open-heart surgery in September; and freshman forward George Goode who didn't meet freshman eligibility requirements.