February 9, 2013 1:41:41 PM
STARKVILLE - The Mississippi State University men's basketball will be without its most experienced guard on the roster for the foreseeable future.
MSU coach Rick Ray announced Saturday afternoon, less than three hours before the Bulldogs were scheduled to tip against No. 2 Florida today in Gainesville (4 p.m., Fox Sports Net South) junior guard Jalen Steele has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. MSU men's basketball team spokesperson Gregg Ellis said in a university release that the program will make no further comment on the matter.
MSU officials confirmed the suspension is effective immediately and Steele didn't make the trip to Gainesville, Fla. for the Bulldogs' game this afternoon.
The Knoxville, Tenn., native has appeared in 13 games this season with 11 starts after. Missing eight games with a fractured his wrist suffered in early November against Florida Atlantic. The junior guard is currently fourth on the team in scoring averaging 9.5 points per game and third on the team in minutes per game at 26.4.
The suspension of Steele means MSU (7-14, 2-7) is back to six scholarship players and two walk-ons available for upcoming games.
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