Purdue will play without sophomore guard Ryan Cline to start the season.
The team announced Cline has been suspended for the first three games this season, starting with Tuesday night’s exhibition game against Southern Indiana. Cline is also suspended for the closed scrimmage with West Virginia and the Nov. 11 regular-season opener against McNeese State.
“We have suspended Ryan for our first three competitions for a violation of team rules,” coach Matt Painter said in the release. “We hold our players to a set of standards, and they are expected to conduct themselves accordingly.”
Cline, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound guard, is from Carmel, Ind. He played in all 35 games last season, averaging 3.9 points. He made 42 3-pointers and also had 46 assists with only 11 turnovers.
Nathan Baird of The Lafayette Journal & Courier reports Cline was cited for possession of marijuana in July.
#Purdue's Ryan Cline was cited for possession of marijuana in Hamilton County in July, per online court records. Likely cause of suspension.
— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) November 1, 2016