Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 2/6/12

Alabama Crimson Tide basketball coach Anthony Grant announced today that forward Tony Mitchell has been suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. There is no timetable set for his return.

The decision to suspend Mitchell came after Alabama defeated Ole Miss 69-67 at Coleman Coliseum on Saturday night. Mitchell scored 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor. Grant said the decision to suspend Mitchell was an “accumulation of things.” The decision came as no real surprise to me or anybody else that has watched Mitchell’s uninspired play over the last month.

Obviously, the decision to not start Mitchell on Saturday night was more than just the week of practice like Grant said in postgame Saturday night. Mitchell has struggled mightily over the course of the last month, and it always felt like there was something more going on. On January 19th against Vanderbilt, Mitchell was held scoreless for the first time in his Alabama career, going 0-of-8 from the floor.

Mitchell started the season on a torrid pace, and was one of the big reasons the Crimson Tide won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at the start of the season. In games against Maryland, Wichita State, and Purdue, Mitchell averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds on his way to winning tournament MVP.

Junior forward Tony Mitchell has been suspended indefinitely.

The timing of Mitchell’s suspension could not be better (sarcasm), as the Crimson Tide hits the road for back-to-back road games against Auburn and LSU. When Mitchell was benched on Saturday night, freshman forward Nick Jacobs started in his place, and I would expect that to continue.

Mitchell’s absence will likely mean more minutes for guys like Trevor Lacey, Levi Randolph, and Charles Hankerson Jr. Hankerson came up big with 10 points in 13 minutes against the Rebels.

Mitchell is second on the team in points per game (13.1), rebounds per game (7.0), and blocks per game (1.4). Mitchell is also Alabama’s leading three point shooter at 31%. His absence will certainly hurt the Tide on their upcoming road trips to Auburn and Baton Rouge. After those two games, Alabama returns to Coleman Coliseum for a game against Florida next Tuesday night.

Your guess is as good as mine about how long Mitchell will be suspended, but I think two games will more than likely be the extent of it.  I’d say we will see Tony Mitchell back with the team when they return to Coleman on the 14th to take on the Gators.

Hopefully this suspension will serve as a wake up call to Mitchell like JaMychal Green’s suspension did last season following the Paradise Jam Tournament.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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