The Buffalo Bulls Men's Basketball team took a hit today when Bobby Hurley announced that Jamir Hanner, a junior transfer from Marshall, has been dismissed from the team due to an unspecified violation of team rules. Hanner was likely to see substantial minutes off the bench this year in a reserve forward role as UB looked for post production in the wake of Javon McCrea's departure.
While Bobby Hurley nor UB will likely comment beyond the boilerplate 'violation of team rules' language, Bull Run received a tip last week that University Police had publicized an incident involving an African-American man with a beard standing about 6'8" - a description that fits Hanner
It's unlikely that we'll learn more, but if we do we will update this space. Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News was the first to tweet the news.
Hanner's UB career ends before he stepped on the floor. He sat out the 2013-14 season after averaging 9.2 minutes and 3.6 points per game for Marshall as a sophomore. While in Huntington he was suspended for a single game for academic reasons. He has already been removed from the team roster on ubbulls.com.
For those players still on the team, Hanner's dismissal means less of a safety net for heavy contributors Will Regan, Xavier Ford, and Justin Moss, and likely more minutes for eligible transfers Rodell Wigginton and Raheem Johnson and freshman Ikenna Smart. Hanner was one of three newcomers whose size and length on the floor caught my eye at Bulls Madness.
UPDATE: I've found the UB Police alert about the incident. There probably aren't too many 6'8" men with beards around campus:
University Police are investigating an assault that occurred at the Ellicott Complex bus stop on the North Campus at approximately 3:18 a.m. today. An individual approached the victim, a student, and punched him in the face causing injuries.
The suspect was described as a dark-skinned black male, approximately 6'8" tall, with a beard, and was wearing a black shirt with gold lettering on the front, Timberland boots, blue jeans, and a dark sweatshirt.