Johnson and Taylor to miss exhibitions

Johnson and Taylor to miss exhibitions

Sunday, Kansas head coach Bill Self announced veteran guards Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor would miss both of the team's exhibition games - beginning with Tuesday's opener versus Pittsburg State - for a violation of team rules which occurred in the off-season

Well, the rotation for Tuesday's exhibition opener versus Pittsburg State should be nothing if not interesting for Head Coach Bill Self and the University of Kansas.

Sunday, Self announced starting guards Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor would miss both of the team's pre-season exhibitions for a violation of team rules which occurred during the off-season.

"Tyshawn and Elijah have both been terrific since school began in August," Self said. "They've not only performed well, they have been very responsible and disciplined the first few months of the school year. But during the offseason they violated a rule that I told them, because of some past experiences, their punishment was going to be severe and I was going to hold them out of the two exhibition games. They have been aware of this for several months and also are disappointed, but have had very positive attitudes about it."

Junior power forward Thomas Robinson is also questionable for the first game, after suffering a hyperextended knee late last week.

No additional details were forthcoming regarding the nature of the violation.

"I will not comment about this further," Self added. "Losing two players and Thomas being questionable for Tuesday's game probably changes the look of our team as much as anyone in the country. This gives a chance for our young guys to play under the lights and see how they react."

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