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Michigan's Dug McDaniel suspended for six road games due to academics

Michigan basketball’s season was already spiraling. Now it’s in danger of completely falling off a cliff.

Sophomore guard Dug McDaniel announced on social media that he will be suspended for the next six road games, starting with Thursday’s trip to Maryland.

According to the program, the suspension is for academic reasons. Classes for Michigan’s winter semester began Wednesday. McDaniel is enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and Arts but hasn’t declared a major.

“Will be serving a 6 away game suspension starting tomorrow,” McDaniel wrote in a post. “Im (sic) active for every home game tho. Please don’t dm me or ask me about it just respect it.

“Will be back on the road next month til then my brothers gon hold it down. See yall at home.”

Shortly after McDaniel’s social media post, coach Juwan Howard released a statement on the matter.

“We have very high standards within our program, culture and university,” Howard said in a statement. “Serving as mentors, we need to set the standards and pathways for our young men to succeed. Beginning with our game at Maryland, Dug McDaniel will not travel to road games until further notice.

“Dug will dress for home games, however, when we are away from Ann Arbor, he will work toward meeting several academic goals he has set and needs to meet.

While I am disappointed, this is not something we take lightly. This is an important step for Dug and his success as a student-athlete.”

For a Michigan team that was struggling to win with McDaniel in the lineup and whose season was looking bleak, it could spell disaster.

Michigan’s next six road games are against Maryland (Thursday), Purdue (Jan. 23), Michigan State (Jan. 30), Nebraska (Feb. 10), Illinois (Feb. 13) and Northwestern (Feb. 22).

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