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Basketball: Solomon ruled academically ineligible — out for the remainder of the season

Cal sophomore forward Richard Solomon has been ruled academically ineligible and will miss the remainder of the season.

“Academics are a priority,” coach Mike Montgomery said. “We hope that Richard can get his grades right, and rejoin the team, next year.”

Solomon is not with the Bears on their trip to Washington. A huge hit for Cal, greatly diminishing the team’s depth.

The 6-foot-10 native of Los Angeles is the club’s top rebounder at 6.2 per game and averages 6.0 points.

Solomon was suspended by Montgomery two games in early December “for conduct contrary to athletic department and university values,” then missed four more with a stress reaction in his foot. He has played the past four games, coming off the bench as the Bears’ first post substitute.

Cal is tied with Stanford for first place in the Pac-12 at 5-1. The Bears play at Washington Thursday, at Washington State on Saturday.

Meanwhile, junior guard Brandon Smith, who missed the past three games with a concussion, is on the trip and has been cleared to play Thursday.

Jeff Faraudo