Missouri point guard Terrence Phillips was suspended from the basketball team in late-January; quickly thereafter, it was revealed that he was under a Title IX investigation for misconduct.
On Tuesday, Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported what we were already beginning to suspect: Phillips will no longer be with the team.
Junior point guard Terrence Phillips is no longer a member of the Missouri basketball program, the team confirmed Tuesday.
Last month, Phillips was suspended indefinitely when the school’s Title IX office launched an investigation against the junior guard after receiving complaints from at least four women, alleging physical abuse, stalking and nonconsensual recording of a sexual encounter. Phillips was taken off the team’s online roster Tuesday. The team had no further comment on Phillips’ situation.
Phillips, who was at one point the chair of the SEC Men’s Basketball Leadership Council, is no longer part of Missouri’s plans moving forward. We’ll see what further information emerges about his case — the number of allegations he is already facing is quite obviously disheartening for someone who had ingratiated himself to the community in recent years. Regardless, his dismissal is obviously the most directly relevant piece of info.
Over parts of two and a half seasons with Mizzou, he averaged 7.5 points and 3.4 assists per game. His departure officially means another scholarship available for the 2018-19 squad. It also means that of the players on the 2015-16 roster — that of just two seasons ago — only Cullen VanLeer and Kevin Puryear remain.