On Tuesday, Nov. 26, Dons senior point guard Cody Doolin announced that he will leave the team for the rest of the season due to personal reasons.
The Austin, Tex. native is reported to have gotten in a physical fight with a teammate, leading to his departure from the team. Doolin is one of many players to leave the USF basketball program in recent years, though he is the only to do so mid-season.
Throughout his collegiate career, Doolin was perhaps the Dons most reliable player, starting all 103 games that he played in. During his junior year, he emerged as one of the premiere guards in the West Coast Conference, averaging 12.2 points and 5.6 assists per game.
Doolin put up 13.0 points and 7.0 assists per game in four games this season, torching Nevada for a career-high 33 points on Nov. 15. He was set to play a central role for a USF team that many thought of as a threat to compete for the WCC Championship.
“I want nothing but the best for him and truly appreciate the time, energy and passion he had in his time here,” Head Coach Rex Walters told USFDons.com. “We will miss him and he will always be a USF Don.”
Now forced to adjust to life without their point guard, the Dons have gone 3-2 since Doolin’s departure. Sophomore guard Tim Derksen replaced Doolin in the starting lineup and has responded well so far, scoring 18 points in a loss to Illinois State.