Frank Howard indefinitely suspended from NCAA Tournament

Frank Howard indefinitely suspended from NCAA Tournament

Howard's suspension was announced Wednesday evening.
Published: March 20, 2019
In this file photo, Syracuse's Frank Howard eyes up his Michigan State opponent in a March 18, 2018 game at Little Caesars Arena as part of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse Athletics announced Wednesday evening that men’s basketball point guard Frank Howard “will not play in the NCAA Tournament for an indefinite period of time due to a violation of athletic department policy,” according to a statement from director of athletic communications Pete Moore.

At this time, it is unknown what policy Howard violated.

Eight-seed in the West Region Syracuse will face 9-seed Baylor Thursday night at approximately 9:57 p.m. EST.

Howard is coming off a career-high 28 point performance against Duke in the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 14. In the second round of the tournament, Howard scored 18 points for the Orange and was vital to the team in the absence of Tyus Battle.

In a Selection Sunday press conference, Howard said he was playing at the level he wanted to after an ankle injury benched him for the first half of the season.

“I got back to where I need to, and I’m just trying to help the team,” he said.

Howard said as a senior, it was important to get his team back to the tournament.

“That’s always been the goal from day one,” he said. “We like to look at just the next game. We don’t like to look too far ahead, but it’s definitely always been in the back of our mind. We’re just trying to control what we can control and just go out and give everything.”