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01.14.06: Former ECU assistant Berry joins staff at Miami ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.13.06: Southern Miss punter wins prestigious award ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.12.06: I-A coaches ponder replay, Friday night games ...
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01.09.06: National title game drew blowout TV ratings ...
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01.08.06: Memphis faces Winthrop in tune-up for ECU ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule
01.07.06: N.C. Hall to enshrine ECU grad Charlie Adams ... Pirates announce '2-for-$20' hoops ticket deal ... C-USA Basketball Scoreboard & Schedule ... Final C-USA Football Postseason Scoreboard
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Loaded stogie nets trouble for Memphis player


MILLINGTON, TN — Memphis indefinitely suspended freshman center Kareem Cooper on Tuesday following his arrest on misdemeanor drug charges after police found marijuana in his truck during a traffic stop.

Coach John Calipari met with Cooper on Monday night, the school said in a statement, and further sanctions will be handled internally.

"I believe that Kareem understands the enormity of the situation and is very sorry for what he did," Calipari said. "He knows that he is being held responsible for his actions and the effect this incident has had on our team. He realizes that his actions are totally unacceptable for any member of our team."

Cooper was stopped early Monday morning in this Memphis suburb, just a few hours before the Tigers improved to No. 3 in the Top 25. Memphis (17-2) plays UAB on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-11, 285-pound player was pulled over when an officer noticed the truck Cooper was driving crossed the center line on a parkway five times and changed lanes without signaling.

"The overwhelming and obvious odor of burning marijuana flowed freely from the interior," according to the police report. "The driver did openly advise there was a small amount of marijuana in the console."

A cigar filled with marijuana was weighed by police at 0.5 grams with 0.2 grams in a plastic bag.

Cooper was arrested and charged with reckless driving, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after being fingerprinted and photographed and is due in city court on Jan. 31, Millington Police Chief Rick Jewell said Tuesday.

The freshman has started one game and played in 14 for the Tigers, averaging 10.9 minutes and 4.6 points per game. He had lost about 40 pounds since coming to Memphis last summer, but he missed one game in November for academic reasons and four with a stress fracture.

C-USA Basketball Standings, Scores & Schedule

(Updated through Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006)


TEAM                  C-USA    ALL
UAB                     4-0   14-3
Texas-El Paso           4-0   11-5
Memphis                 3-0   17-2
Central Florida         2-1    7-9
Southern Methodist      3-2   10-7
Rice                    2-2    8-9
Tulsa                   2-2   7-10
Houston                 1-3   10-6
Marshall                1-3    7-9
Southern Miss           1-3   7-12
Tulane                  1-3   5-11
East Carolina           0-4   6-11

----- SCORES -----

   Southern Methodist 84, Texas-Pan American 54

   Tulane 60, East Carolina 52
   Memphis 85, Southern Mississippi 68
   UAB 82, Houston 79
   Texas-El Paso 53, Marshall 51
   Central Florida 45, Tulsa 44
   Southern Methodist 80, Rice 69

----- SCHEDULE -----

   Central Florida at East Carolina, 7 pm
   Marshall at West Virginia, 8 pm
   Rice at Southern Mississippi, 8 pm
   Houston at Tulane, 8 pm

   UAB at Memphis, 9 pm

   No games scheduled.

   Central Florida at Memphis, 1 pm
   Tulsa at East Carolina, 7 pm
   Tulane at Rice, 7:05 pm
   Marshall at Houston, 8 pm
   Southern Mississippi at UAB, 8:30 pm
   Southern Methodist at Texas-El Paso, 9:05 pm

   No games scheduled.

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