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  • 'Nova's Redding Suspended for Fall Semester; Sypher Says Pitino Threatened Her

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    Villanova guard Reggie Redding has been suspended for the fall semester.

    Redding, a 6-foot-5 senior, was arrested on campus earlier this month and charged with possession of a “small amount” of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to Radnor (Pa.) Police.

    Redding can practice with the Wildcats but cannot play in any games until after the fall semester ends Dec. 18, meaning he will miss the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

    Redding faces a hearing on the charges on Thursday, according to the Delaware County Times.

    “I believe the process was respectful and fair to Reggie. He is a quality person, who, with the support of his great family, met this head on and has learned a valuable lesson from this experience,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said in a statement.

    Police were responding to a minor traffic accident in which a car hit a traffic sign on campus and determined through the university database that it was Redding’s car.

    Yet Redding’s attorney, James Famiglio, told the Delaware County Times that his client was not the driver.

    “Mr. Redding did not hit the sign,” Famiglio said. “He was not driving the car in which the alleged material was found.”

    Redding played in all 38 games for the Wildcats last season, averaging 7.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists as Villanova advanced to the Final Four in Detroit. He made the lob pass that set-up Scottie Reynolds’ buzzer-beating driving shot against Pittsburgh in the Elite Eight.

    SYPHER SAYS PITINO THREATENED HER

    The New York Post has this interview with Karen Sypher in which she says she wanted to have the baby, but Louisville coach Rick Pitino told her no.

    “I’ll never forget. I wanted to have the baby, but Rick said my children would all be in concrete. I lived in fear for five years,” she said.

    “I prayed to God, ‘Please, I don’t want this.’ When they called my name [at the clinic], I stood up.”

    JAMES STAYING AT PC

    Jayon James has decided to stay at Paterson Catholic instead of transferring.

    “I’m staying at PC,” the 6-5 senior guard said. “I thought it was a good decision to stay. I’m real close with all my teammates. We’ve been together since 5th grade so I see no point to leave now.

    “I didn’t go to visit any other schools. We planned on going to St. Thomas More on Monday but now I’m staying. We don’t need to go up there now.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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