UConn foward Tyler Olander suspended indefinitely after DUI charge


The troubled forward's second run-in with the law in six months has him suspended for violating team rules.

The Connecticut Huskies suspended senior forward Tyler Olander indefinitely after he was charged with a DUI, the Hartford Courant reported on Monday.

Officially, the University of Connecticut suspended Olander for "violating team rules" after his second run in with the law in six months.

Olander was pulled over by police on Saturday night and charged with driving under the influence, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and driving without a license. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.

His previous run-in with the law came during spring break, when Olander was arrested for refusing to leave private property after being asked by the police. He paid a $280 fine and was ordered to perform community service after being accepted into a pretrial diversionary program.

Olander averaged 4.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 21.6 minutes a game last season. His indefinite suspension leaves the Huskies very thin in the front court. Enosch Wolf was arrested, taken off scholarship and left to play professionally in Germany, and incoming freshman Kentan Facey's eligibility is under scrutiny from the NCAA.

Other than junior Omar Calhoun, the Huskies will have Amidah Brimah, who The UConn Blog describes as a raw project player probably not ready for the minutes.

Olander has just recently worked himself out of head coach Kevin Ollie's doghouse. After his spring break run-in, Ollie stripped Olander of his captaincy and he wasn't allowed to work out with teammates. According to the Hartford Courant, Olander had just recently been cleared to practice with teammates again.

He had recently been cleared to practice and play, and had been participating in pickup games with teammates on campus. But now UConn coaches want Olander to put basketball aside until he modifies his off-the-court behavior and displays better judgment, a source said.

Kevin Ollie was out of town and hasn't commented on the issue.

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