Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in journalism.
Pair suspended indefinitely
Qualls, Harris won't play at LSU
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson talks with Alandise Harris, left, and Michael Qualls during the second half of the game against UTSA in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Saturday January 4, 2013.
FAYETTEVILLE A pair of Arkansas players have been suspended indefinitely.
Guard Michael Qualls and forward Alandise Harris did not make the Razorbacks' trip to LSU this weekend. Both were suspended for what coach Mike Anderson described as conduct detrimental to the team.
“All of our student-athletes are held to a high standard and everyone is accountable for their actions,” Anderson said in a statement. “We are trying to build the ultimate team and everyone has to be on board to make that happen.
"Our expectations of our student-athletes is that they reflect positively on themselves and our program at all times and that they enter each day as a Razorback with a positive attitude that helps us continue to grow this program.”
Qualls is averaging 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game this season for the Razorbacks (13-7, 2-5 SEC). Harris is averaging 9.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Qualls and Harris account for nearly one-quarter of Arkansas' points this season. The pair have combined to start 14 games.
The suspensions make the Razorbacks' prospects for their first road win of the season a little more difficult. LSU is 13-6 overall and 4-3 in the SEC following a win over Kentucky in the midweek.
Arkansas has lost 19 of 21 road games over the last three seasons.