Missouri basketball dismisses Zach Price

By Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith dismissed Zach Price from the team Thursday following the junior forward’s two arrests last week.

Haith released a statement through the school this afternoon.

“Last week’s situation was unacceptable and after a review, I have decided that Zach will no longer be a part of our program,” Haith said. “Our program represents the entire university and needs to be an asset. That’s my responsibility as our head coach at Mizzou and we’ll get it fixed.”

Price was arrested on suspicion of third-degree domestic assault and third-degree assault after a dispute between a 23-year-old “male roommate” and a female acquaintance. During that time, police were investigating Price for an incident that occurred the previous afternoon in the area of Route K and Bethel Church Road.

The same victims accused Price of intentionally ramming their car, twice, resulting in damage. Police arrested Price again later Thursday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault and second-degree assault.

On top of the arrests, former teammate Earnest Ross filed a restraining order against Price for the incidents that occurred on April 2. Ross indicated in the report that Price had tried to run him off the road on more than one occasion, attempting to cause harm to him and his girlfriend.

With Price dismissed and junior guard Jordan Clarkson leaving for the NBA draft, the Tigers are left with two open scholarships. If junior guard Jabari Brown chooses to hire an agent and enter the draft, Missouri will have three scholarships to offer. Last Friday, the Tigers filled one of those open spots with a verbal commitment from State Fair Community College (Sedalia, Mo.) guard Kevin Punter.

Price was expected to be a key contributor for Missouri next fall after sitting out this season per NCAA transfer rules. The Tigers will return big men Keanu Post, Ryan Rosburg, Johnathan Williams, Torren Jones and incoming 4-star recruit Jakeenan Gant, who is expected to crack the rotation.

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