Basketball: Solomon’s dad in dark on suspension

Unable so far to learn any details about why Cal sophomore forward Richard Solomon has been suspended indefinitely by coach Mike Montgomery.

When I called his father this evening — hours after Cal announced the news — Richard Solomon Sr., said he didn’t know anything about his son being suspended. In other words: His 6-foot-10 son apparently was too upset or uncomfortable to call home with the news.

“I haven’t talked to Richard about it,” his dad said before adding he had to make some phone calls.

Here is Cal’s news release:

BERKELEY – California men’s basketball sophomore forward Richard Solomon has been suspended, indefinitely for conduct contrary to University and Athletic Department values head coach Mike Montgomery announced today (Dec. 2).

“We expect our student-athletes to adhere to a high standard of behavior,” Montgomery said. “In this particular instance, that was not the case.”

Solomon will not accompany the team when the Golden Bears (6-1) head to San Diego for a 2 p.m. PT match against San Diego State (7-2) on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl.


Solomon has started all seven games this season and leads the Bears in rebounding at 7.3 per game. Cal has not announced a replacement starter, but it almost certainly will be freshman David Kravish.

Hard to know — and pointless to speculate — on what “indefinite” means in this case. You’ll remember that UCLA coach Ben Howland recently gave star forward Reeves Nelson an indefinite suspension for a poor attitude, and that lasted two days.

But I’m not trying to make light of this — it could be more serious. We don’t know right now.

What we do know is this will only make facing a very good San Diego State team much more difficult. It also means either Robert Thurman or Bak Bak will need to be ready to play meaningful minutes.


Jeff Faraudo