With Coach Mark Turgeon away recruiting on Wednesday and the Maryland men’s basketball team off for the next two days, any disciplinary decision concerning forward Charles Mitchell will not come on Wednesday, a Terrapins spokesman said.
Mitchell, a sophomore who had started nine straight games, including Tuesday night’s victory over Virginia Tech, was sent to the locker room by Turgeon shortly before halftime after yelling at assistant coach Scott Spinelli. By all accounts, Mitchell’s temper flared during a timeout and Spinelli got caught in the crossfire.
Mitchell was later tracked down by special assistant Juan Dixon and returned to the bench wearing warmups, but never reentered the game. Turgeon and two of Mitchell’s teammates declined to specify details of the exchange during interviews, but clearly whatever happened was enough to justify a temporary banishment.
As for whether it merits a suspension moving forward, Turgeon said he planned to meet with Mitchell before making a decision. With the Terps given two days of rest prior to Sunday’s regular season finale against Virginia and the coaching staff using that break to hit the recruiting trail, it may not come until later in the week.
While Sunday’s game might not have many ACC tournament implications — the Terps need a win, a Florida State loss to Syracuse and an N.C. State loss to Boston College to earn the No. 7 seed and avoid the 8-9 game — it would bolster Maryland’s chances of making the National Invitation Tournament.