Following impressive freshman season, Todd Mayo's encore may be delayed after Marquette guard was declared academically ineligible. (Photo courtesy of New York Daily News)
With their season opener just four days away against reigning Final Four participant Ohio State, Marquette was dealt a severe blow when it was announced that sophomore guard Todd Mayo was ruled academically ineligible for the Golden Eagles.
Mayo, who averaged just under eight points per game in his rookie season last year, is unable to take the court for Marquette in both practice and game situations, and will be out indefinitely. The younger brother of Dallas Mavericks swingman O.J. Mayo, Todd was expected to reprise his role as the sixth man for head coach Buzz Williams behind guards Trent Lockett and Vander Blue, the latter of whom he could have eventually pushed for a starting spot.
"Todd understands success in our program requires a sincere commitment to excellence on and off the floor," Williams said in a press release tonight. "I'm extremely disappointed that he has put himself in this position, but he has the full support of our program as he works to improve."
Without Mayo, who was suspended during Williams' summer "boot camp" before rejoining Marquette later in the session, the Golden Eagles will look to incoming freshman Jamal Ferguson; as well as transfer Jake Thomas, to shore up their depth at the shooting guard positions behind Lockett and Blue, while sophomore Derrick Wilson returns as the backup at the point behind senior Junior Cadougan, regarded as one of the better pure point guards in the Big East.