August 11, 2010

Taran Buie Cited For Underage Drinking...But Wait, There's More.

Taran Buie (that's him pictured to your right>>) may still be a few months away from making his playing debut for Penn State's basketball team, but the heir apparent to his brother Talor Battle's man-crushing throne is already on pace to set a school record...for involvement with the State College Five-O.

Less than a month after being cited for play-fighting with Curtis Drake in front of a McDonald's during Arts Fest weekend, Buie found himself being written up again by the cops. This time however, the ante was upped a little in the form of an underage drinking citation. It's safe to say, Ed DeChellis is not pleased to see his program's squeaky-clean image* going down in flames like this and that he's likely taking proper actions to discipline him.

To add gasoline to this bonfire: According to Ben from Victory Bell Rings, Buie has likely been maintaining contact with other head coaches via Facebook which would constitute an NCAA violation. Ben goes on to point out that this obviously does not bode well for Buie's future with Penn State hoops:

While Facebook and violations aren’t important in the grand scheme of things, the point remains the same. Buie is maintaining some sort of relationships with coaches outside of Penn State, and outside of the Big Ten. If Buie continues to have legal issues that will certainly rub the DeChellis philosophy the wrong way. Less playing time for a player that talented and actions directly opposite of the programs philosophy is the recipe for transfer.

Now, I'm not about to go out on a limb and say that Taran will definitely be gone once his brother's time is up next year, but when you look at his recent behavior and throw in the contact with opposing head coaches part, I don't see how one DOESN'T speculate whether his heart is truly with Penn State basketball.

Believe it or not though, there is some good news: There is no indication that Taran was drinking Cruzan Mango Rum.

* Sans a certain library masturbation episode of course, but let's give credit to Stanley Pringle for quickly learning just which environments are appropriate for ball handling

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