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Michigan’s Trey Burke suspended for exhibition opener

NCAA Basketball Tournament - Ohio v Michigan

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 16: Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after a play against the Ohio Bobcats during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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On Wednesday afternoon, Michigan head coach John Beilein announced that his all-american point guard Trey Burke had been suspended for an exhibition game against Northern Michigan.

The cause for the suspension? A “violation of team standards.”

“We have high standards and values for our student-athletes and we expect everyone to meet those expectations,” Beilein said in a written statement. “Trey will sit out the first game as a result of some ‘out of character’ decisions he now regrets. We believe he has learned a valuable lesson and we are confident he will grow from this experience.”

One can only imagine that what Burke did wasn’t all that serious; he was only suspended for an exhibition and not for an actual game.

But it is noteable. There have been some concerns about a lack of leadership on this team, and if the all-american is willing to do something that gets himself suspended for a game, even an exhibition, it’s a red flag.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.