MILWAUKEE - Marquette University men's guard Todd Mayo has been ruled academically ineligible. Coach Buzz Williams says the sophomore will be out indefinitely, and will not practice or play with the Golden Eagles.
Todd Mayo - brother of NBA player O.J. Mayo - played well at the start of last season, but his performance declined during Big East Conference play. He averaged close to eight points and three rebounds a game in his freshman year. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said teammates and others considered Mayo as being too selfish, partially because of his brother's basketball success. Mayo told the paper last month that he regretted not being closer to Williams last season. He said he confided in three of Williams' assistants - all of whom have since left Marquette. Williams sent Mayo back to his Virginia home this summer - and Mayo said he texted Williams each day, and vowed to be a better teammate.
With Mayo's loss, Marquette could be short on depth at guard. The Eagles plan to start three guards in Friday night's Carrier Classic game against Ohio State - Trent Lockett, Vander Blue, and Junior Cadougan.
President Obama has been invited to attend the Carrier Classic on Friday night, when the Marquette and Ohio State men's basketball teams play on the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier. Obama attended the first Carrier Classic a year ago on the USS Carl Vinson. But the White House has not said whether he'll show up this time. The Yorktown is a now a museum that's permanently docked at Charleston, South Carolina. Regardless of whether the president shows up, the Marquette team says it's excited about playing. Buzz Williams' Eagles will also have a chance to upset one of the country's top teams. Ohio State is ranked fourth in preseason polls. Buckeyes' senior guard Trent Lockett said this morning that it will be a great test and a wonderful experience for his team. If it rains, the game would be played on an airplane hangar below the top level. As of now, there's no chance of rain in Friday night's forecast.