Pac-10 Suspends Errick Craven, Derrick Craven One Game Each

Feb. 27, 2004

USC junior guards Errick and Derrick Craven will each serve a one-game suspension for their involvement in two separate incidents in USC's home game with California last Saturday (Feb. 21), Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Friday (Feb. 27).

Both incidents were reviewed by Hansen and Pac-10 Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating Lou Campanelli.

'In each incident, the player committed an unsporting act toward an opposing player,' said Hansen. 'The actions warranted the one-game suspension.'

The suspensions were originally handed down on Tuesday (Feb. 24), but USC appealed them. The Pac-10 Compliance and Enforcement Committee heard the appeal Friday morning and upheld the Commissioner's actions.

Errick Craven will serve a one-game suspension in USC's game at Oregon on March 4. Derrick Craven will serve a one-game suspension at Oregon State on March 6.

'The Conference has directed an emphasis on good sportsmanship in Conference play and these acts were not consistent with that directive,' added Hansen.

In addition, the three game officials who worked the California-USC game (Mark Reischling, Andy Rios and Michael Irving) failed to call flagrant fouls on the two plays for which the suspensions were assessed to the two USC players. Those officials have been disciplined through the loss of one game assignment each, Hansen stated.

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