Monday, February 9, 2009

Han officially leaves team

According to a press release sent out this afternoon by Fairfield Sports Information Director Jack Jones, Jonathan Han has made the decision to leave the team and will not play the remainder of the season. Han will finish his senior year academically and will graduate with his class. The release stated that he is leaving for "personal reasons."

Han missed four games following an argument with assistant coach Brian Blaney after the Stags loss to Manhattan on Jan. 26 in Riverdale. Han was suspended indefinitely on Jan. 29 for "violation of team policy," and according to the CT Post's Chris Elsberry met with head coach Ed Cooley prior to the trip to Buffalo on Thursday night. He was given an ultimatum, according to Elsberry, that stated he could either sign a statement saying he was leaving the team or that he was suspended for the rest of the season.

More on the story as news comes in. Here is the full release:

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Jonathan Han, a senior guard on the Fairfield
University men's basketball team, has decided to leave the Fairfield
University men's basketball team for personal reasons and will not play
the remainder of the season. The decision was announced Monday

Han was suspended indefinitely on January 29 for a violation of
team policy and missed the last four games played by the team. After
taking time to examine the situation further, Han decided not to return
for the final five regular season games or any post-season play.

Han finished his Fairfield University career with 1,072 points
and 526 assists in 110 games. His scoring total ranks 27th all-time at
Fairfield, while his assist total places third all-time in school

"I appreciate what Jon has done for the Fairfield University
men's basketball program," Head Coach Ed Cooley said. "We will continue
to support Jon with his academic goal of earning a degree from Fairfield

Han will remain a student at Fairfield University and will be
afforded the academic support services available to all student athletes
for the remainder of the school year.

-Tom Cleary

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