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Tony Bennett confirms door remains open for Sylven Landesberg's return

The prevailing belief is that Sylven Landesberg has played his final game in a Virginia uniform, but Coach Tony Bennett emphasized Wednesday that Landesberg would be welcomed back. Landesberg is currently suspended for academic reasons, apparently because of class attendance.

"The suspension was for just the remaining games this season," Bennett said. "Certainly, Sylven will have a decision to make for what he wants to do with his future, as far as going to the pros or come back."

Bennett said he's spoken to Landesberg, but not specifically about the sophomore's future. Virginia is currently on spring break. Bennett said this is a good time for Landesberg to gather his thoughts, but there's been no indication whether Landesberg will continue the semester.

"I don't know that yet," Bennett said. "I guess if he made a decision that he was going to go to the NBA or go professional, then he would have a decision to make. ... Obviously, if he plans on coming back, he has to be" in class.

Bennett said at the end of the season, he expects to have that discussion.

"As I've said, he's a good kid," Bennett said. "It's a hard thing. But certainly, whether there was a suspension or not, or wherever he was, he would have a decision to make at the end of the year about what he would do with his future. That's where he's at right now."

By Zach Berman  |  March 10, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
 
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Comments

There are reasons why some student athletes decide not to attend classes, just as their non-athlete peers. The objective here should be to find out why Sylvan did not attend classes. Was it physical, mental, or just plain lazy? Either way, I can remember years ago when I was in college and living on the athletes' floor in the dorm, student coaches made the rounds ensuring that the athletes were out of the racks.

Posted by: jms3rd | March 11, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

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