As our own Brandon Hickey noted last night, Miami RedHawks sophomore guard Willie Moore has been suspended for the first nine games of the season. The original release about the suspension provided no reason why, but recent news reports confirm that Moore was one of five Oregon Ducks players who improperly sold team gear last season. Two of those players, Dominic Artis and Ben Carter, remain with the Ducks. The other three -- Moore, Fred Richardson, and Carlos Emory -- have moved on, with Richardson and Moore transferring and Emory exhausting his eligibility.
Oregon self-reported the violations to the NCAA, and Artis and Carter have been suspended indefinitely. However, they are expected to serve ten to fifteen games, so Moore's nine-game suspension is in line with what will likely happen in Eugene. (Richardson, who transferred to Houston Baptist, is sitting out this season per NCAA transfer rules. Unlike Moore, it appears he was not granted a hardship waiver for immediate play.)
This leaves Miami's bench extremely short for the opener against Notre Dame, and for the first nine games generally. With Moore suspended and Bill Edwards still out recovering from injuries, the RedHawks have only four scholarship bench players: Geovonie McKnight, Joshua Oswald, Jaryd Eustace, and John Hawkins. Keeping out of foul trouble will be of paramount importance for the RedHawks, who appear to be facing a good-old-fashioned Charlie Coles rotation, with everyone somehow playing 40 minutes a game.
(Also, why couldn't Moore and his fellow players simply have traded gear for tattoos? They'd have gotten off easier.)