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Monday, July 13, 2020

Larry Brown cuts SMU team captain who ‘wasn’t good enough to play for him’

Larry Brown isn’t playing around when it comes to this SMU job. Introduced on Monday as the Mustangs men’s basketball coach, Brown has already cut three players, including team captain and starting point guard Jeremiah Samarrippas. Brown was reportedly blunt when he broke the news to the him.

“He basically told me that I wasn’t good enough to play for him,” the sophomore said, according to The Daily Campus.

Oof. Brutal.

Samarrippas averaged 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 31 starts last season. He was fifth in the conference in assists and assists-to-turnover ratio. We don’t know the whole story that led to his dismissal. (For all we know, there could have been a Gene-Hackman-in-“Hoosiers” moment where Brown less than 5 minutes into the first practice cut guys who were being jerks.) But if it is performance based, I don’t know what Brown is expecting. He’s inheriting a 13-19 team in Conference USA.

H/T Bryan Fischer
Photo credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

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