Siena sophomore guard Patrick Cole is suspended from the men's basketball team effective immediately.
"This was done with Patrick and our team's best interests at heart," Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. "It wasn't one incident; he just needs to take some time away from basketball and refocus his priorities. It's not an easy decision to make, but we're trying to rebuild a proud program the right way. There are standards and expectations everyone is expected to meet."
Cole, who has returned to his Newark, N.J. home, is welcome to come back to Siena when classes resume January 12. Patsos did not set a timetable for his return to the basketball program.
Cole was averaging 8.4 points and 17.4 minutes per game this season.