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Hannah's academic status still unclear

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 | 10:06 p.m. CST; updated 11:40 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

By JOHN JUETTNER

news@ColumbiaMissourian.com

COLUMBIA — On Feb. 12, Stefhon Hannah was dismissed from the Missouri basketball team for not meeting the team’s academic expectations, according to a press release.

Why Hannah did not meet those expectations is because he missed two weeks of classes when he returned to his home in Chicago after getting his jaw broken in a fight at Athena Night Club on Jan. 27.

The release also said that MU coach Mike Anderson gave Hannah the option of remaining scholarship to continue working toward his degree.

Hannah has not been able to be reached for comment on the situation, but Anderson was asked if he knew whether or not Hannah made a decision on remaining on scholarship.

When first asked about the situation, Anderson responded with a sense of unknowing.

“I’ll do some checking, we’ll see. I’ll do some checking,” Anderson said.

When asked if he could be more specific, Anderson went a little more in depth.

“Last time I talked to him, well I didn’t talk to him, but there’s a possibility of him withdrawing from school,” Anderson said. “I think that, probably, at this point in time, he has decided to withdraw from school.”

MU spokesman Christian Basi said as of Monday Hannah is still enrolled at MU. Students have until Feb. 25 to drop classes without a grade.

The Tigers play Colorado on Saturday. Anderson said the team is trying put everything that has happened over the last few weeks off the court behind them and focus on finishing the season strong.

“I’m with my team right now, I mean, if you want to talk about the basketball team, we’ve kind of moved on,” Anderson said.

Hannah and guard Jason Horton were both arrested and charged with third-degree assault, they have a March 3 hearing.


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