Following a loss to Villanova on Saturday afternoon that ended their 10 game winning streak, University of Connecticut head basketball coach Jim Calhoun reinstated guard Jerome Dyson, who was previously suspended for failing a drug test that was administered after he was found with alcohol illegally.
Dyson was suspended along with guard Doug Wiggins when campus police found the two of them in a parking lot on January 25th with a bottle of vodka and a bottle of cognac. Both players are under the legal age to have alcohol. Police also found a small amount of marijuana “near the car,” but neither player was charged with drug possession.
As part of the school’s policy regarding minors with alcohol, both were subject to drug tests, which Dyson failed; it was his second failed test at Connecticut, which warranted an immediate 30-day suspension.
Said Calhoun at the time of the suspension, “I’ve seen people put in numerical numbers. As far as I’m concerned, he’s indefinitely suspended.”
According to the university policy, students “will not be allowed to participate in practice or competition for a period of 30 to 60 days. At the end of this period, the student-athlete will be retested. If this test is negative, the individual may be reinstated for both practice and competition.”
Dyson was reinstated 31 days after the night he was caught with alcohol and “near” marijuana and one day after Villanova defeated the Huskies 67-65.