Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Wyatt: "I let my team down"

Temple guard Khalif Wyatt didn't start in Friday's 77-71 Atlantic Ten Conference tournament quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts because of what Temple labeled a "timing issue." Redshirt junior guard T.J. DiLeo started in his place.

Wyatt: "I let my team down"

Temple guard Khalif Wyatt didn't start in Friday's 77-71 Atlantic Ten Conference tournament quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts because of what Temple labeled a  "timing issue." Redshirt junior guard T.J. DiLeo started in his place.

The 6-foot-4 junior guard said he was late for a team meeting earlier this week. As a result, he was benched for the first 9 minutes, 36 seconds.

"I let my team down," said Wyatt, who finished with a team-high 15 points in 27 minutes.

This was third time this season that the Norristown High product was held out of the starting lineup for showing up late to a team function. 

He didn't start at Toledo on Dec. 7 for showing up late to film study. Wyatt didn't start against George Washington on Feb. 8 at the Liacouras Center due to showing up late to study hall.

"This is the third time I let my team down," Wyatt said. "I don't know. I just let my team down.

The NCAA also suspended him for the Owls season-opener at Penn for playing in an unsanctioned summer league.

 

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com. Reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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