Tack Minor’s basketball career at LSU officially ended Wednesday.
The university released a statement during the Tigers’ game against Alabama stating the 5-foot-11 junior “is no longer enrolled at LSU.”
The statement did not provide a reason for Minor’s departure, citing student privacy rights and said there would be no further comment.
Reached by cell phone Wednesday, Minor said “It’s over and done with and I’m moving on.”
Asked if he had been expelled, Minor said “I’ve just got some personal problems I need to take care of.”
The last 10 days provided several indicators that Minor’s future was in limbo. He missed a practice Jan. 22, did not play in LSU’s last home game against Vanderbilt and did not make the trip with the Tigers for a road game at Georgia on Sunday.
The final chapter of Minor’s career caps a once-promising and erratic four years in the LSU program for the Houston native.
He arrived in 2003 as a member of a recruiting class ranked as one of the best in the country.
At the end of his sophomore season in 2005, Minor was found guilty of violating the LSU Student Code of Conduct and suspended from the university for the fall 2005 semester.
After sitting out the first semester last season, Minor rejoined the Tigers in December and played in three games but tore the meniscus in his right knee in his third game back. The NCAA granted Minor a medical redshirt, giving him this season and next to complete his eligibility.
Instead, his LSU career came to an abrupt finish Wednesday.
Minor played sparingly this season, averaging 15 minutes per game with two starts. His playing time dwindled after his best game of the season — a seven-point, three-assist performance in the Tigers’ nationally televised 66-49 triumph over Connecticut on Jan. 6. He pumped in a 35-foot 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give LSU a lead it never relinquished.
Since the start of SEC play, Minor logged only 36 minutes.
As a freshman Minor played a key role as a backup point guard but became also known for his inconsistency.
In 2004-05, Minor started all 30 games, averaging 10.8 points per game and leading the Tigers with 137 assists.
Minor said he does not plan to enroll in another school. Instead, he will work out in Houston with the goal of attending NBA pre-draft camps this spring and summer.
Although it is unlikely he would be taken in the NBA draft, his strong relationship with former NBA player and coach John Lucas could lead to free-agent opportunities.
Maui tickets on sale
Tickets to the 2007 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational will be available starting today with the purchase of a travel package.
LSU is in the eight-team field along with Duke, Marquette, Illinois, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Princeton and host Chaminade.
Oahu Travel, the tournament’s official travel agency, will begin taking travel package reservations at 1 p.m. today. Travel packages include tickets, hotel accommodations, shuttle service and more.
For more information, contact Oahu Travel at (800) 826-3822.
The Tigers begin a stretch of three road games in their next four when they travel to Mississippi State for a 4 p.m. contest Saturday.
The Bulldogs dropped into last place in the SEC West with an 85-73 loss at Ole Miss on Tuesday night. State (11-9, 2-5) has lost three games in a row — the first two by three points each to Florida and South Carolina.
State has a four-point SEC loss at Kentucky.
LSU has reeled off four consecutive wins over State, including a pair of comfortable double-digit decisions last season.
Sophomore Jamont Gordon is State’s leader in scoring (15.5 points per game), rebounding (7.4) and assists (4.6) — making him the only SEC player to lead his team in those three categories.