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BREAKING: Austin Nichols dismissed from Virginia basketball program

Junior forward played in one game following suspension

NCAA Basketball: St. Francis-NY at Virginia Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

An official statement from the Virginia athletics department and men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett on Friday night confirmed that Austin Nichols, the junior forward who transferred from Memphis, has been dismissed from the UVA basketball program.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this program and Austin has lost that privilege,” Bennett said in the statement. “We have standards for our student-athletes and when those standards aren’t met, there are consequences and this is the unfortunate consequence.”

A search Friday evening of court records for Charlottesville and Albemarle did not reveal any criminal charges pending against Nichols.

Nichols missed the season-opener against UNC Greensboro after an unspecified violation of team rules. He led Virginia’s scoring against St. Francis-Brooklyn with 11 points—now the sum total of his career points as a Cavalier.