The continuing saga of Ryan Cline’s mis-spent July morning in Hamilton County continues. This morning Purdue announced that Cline’s suspension was extended three more games through the first four games of the regular season.
#Purdue announces that Ryan Cline is now suspended for first four regular season games, extending prior suspension.— GoldandBlack.com (@GoldandBlackcom) November 4, 2016
So, in addition to next Friday’s regular season opener against McNeese State, Cline is suspended for November 14 agaisnt defending National Champion Villanova, November 18 agaisnt Georgia State, and November 22 against Utah State in the Cancun Challenge down in Mexico.
The first game where Cline can play is the Cancun Challenge finale agaisnt either Auburn or Texas Tech.
There are rumors, mostly pushed by Jeff Washburn, that Cline tried to hide the incident from coach Painter, thus why it did not break until earlier this week. As you’ll recall, Basil Smotherman had a somewhat similar incident over the summer, but it was known immediately and his suspension for the season opener was known for a while. Also, they didn’t have to break into Basil’s car and possibly revive him.
All this seems increaingly odd, and I hope Cline gets it together for his sake.