Purdue won its scrimmage tonight. That was expected. The Boilers won 85-63 over Southern Indiana in a game that went about as expected. Casey will have a more foprmal update later, but Isaac Haas had 25 points and Caleb Swanigan had 16. Purdue was playing with only 7 scholarship players, however.
One, we knew about early. Basil Smotherman is serving a three-competition suspension from an incident over the summer, so he missed this one and he will miss the secret scrimmage against West Virginia and the season opener against McNeese State. Jacquil Taylor missed tonight as a precaution after rolling his ankle. The third was a surprise, as it was announced just before tipoff that Ryan Cline will have the same suspension as Basil Smotherman:
#Purdue note... Ryan Cline has been suspended for 3 games by head coach Matt Painter for a violation of team rules.— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) November 1, 2016
Nathan Baird of the Lafayette Journal & Courier had a likely explanation:
#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
It was a pretty minor offense, but also a dumb one. It is not hard, kids. If you’re a college athlete, don’t have the reefer. This isn’t Colorado. Or Oregon. Or Washington. Cline will now be the butt of jokes from opposing fans all season long and this is the first strike against him.
Cline and Smotherman are expected to debut on November 14th agaisnt Villanova.