OSU suspends Dove

7-16-07 - Marcus Dove, a senior on the Oklahoma State Cowboy Basketball team, has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team policy, head coach Sean Sutton announced today.
“I am suspending Marcus indefinitely,” Sutton said. “We've made every attempt to handle certain situations internally, but obviously, the message is not getting through to some of our players. They need to understand and respect what it means to be a member of the Cowboy Basketball family. We hold our players to a high standard — a standard that has been set by the previous players that have given so much to this program.

“As someone who has devoted 17 years to Cowboy Basketball, the image of our program is extremely important to me,” Sutton said. “We are not going to tolerate this type of behavior. Our players have certain responsibilities to their fellow students, our school and the fans to not only uphold the image of our basketball program, but also to set an example and do the right things on and off the court. Every year, we have several speakers, including the Stillwater Police Department, the OSU campus police, the FBI and the district attorney, talk with our team about being proper representatives of Cowboy Basketball.

“We are taking this matter very seriously,” said Sutton. “Marcus will be suspended and punished. I'm extremely embarrassed and disappointed. We’re going to work hard to re-establish the discipline and attitude of doing the right things and representing this program properly.”

Dove averaged 4.7 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for OSU and was named the Big 12 Conference’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year. He is one of two returning seniors on the 2007-08 roster following JamesOn Curry's departure to the NBA. Curry was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the NBA draft last month.