CBKB: Binghamton releases 5 from basketball team
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — Binghamton University released five more basketball players on Friday, a day after star player Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben was arraigned on drug charges and kicked off the team.
Coach Kevin Broadus announced that D.J. Rivera, Malik Alvin, Corey Chandler, Paul Crosby and David Fine were released. No reason was given, and spokesman John Hartrick said no players, staff, or administrators would be made available for further comment.
"If any of the young men in our program don't respect the decisions that have been made or the rules we have in place, then they need to move on with their lives," Broadus said in a statement announcing the releases.
On Thursday, Mayben was arraigned in Troy on felony drug charges, and athletic director Joel Thirer later said Mayben had been permanently dismissed from the basketball program.
Broadus signed a contract extension in June through the 2013-2014 season, on the heels of a season that featured the team's first-ever conference championship and NCAA tournament berth.
The Bearcats went 23-9 last season and won both the America East regular season and tournament titles. They were 13-3 in league play and won a school-record 11 straight games before losing to Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Rivera was second in the America East in scoring last season but was left off the All-America East team in the voting by the league coaches.
Mayben's arrest is the third legal problem for a player since Broadus took over the program in 2007.
Former player Miladin Kovacevic, who wasn't recruited by Broadus, left a classmate in a coma after a barroom brawl in May 2008. In November, Alvin, a transfer student brought in by Broadus, was charged with stealing condoms from a Wal-Mart.