Ohio St. Forward Derek Funderburk Suspended by Chris Holtmann in 1st Week on Job

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2017

FILE - In this Monday, June 12, 2017, file photo, Chris Holtmann answers questions during a NCAA college basketball news conference introducing him the new men's head basketball coach at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. Holtmann's $3 million annual contract includes incentives for making the NCAA Tournament and ensuring his players get good grades. The contract still has to be approved by university trustees, but Ohio State released the terms Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
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Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Chris Holtmann suspended forward Derek Funderburk on Thursday for failure to meet team expectations, according to a statement relayed by CBS Sports' Matt Norlander

Funderburk, who was a 4-star recruit during his senior year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, redshirted for the Buckeyes last season. 

Holtmann levied the disciplinary action against Funderburk six days after he was announced as the program's new head coach. 

Specifics regarding the suspension weren't made available, but Holtmann's decision sends a clear message that he'll run a tight ship as the Buckeyes eye their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2015. 

      

Recruit information courtesy of Scout.com

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