Former Louisville center Zach Price’s career at the University of Missouri ended before it officially began. Just a week after Price’s run-ins with the law, Mizzou head coach Frank Haith announced that Price has been dismissed from the program.
“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 in a statement released by the school on Thursday. “The off-the-court incidents involving our program over the past few months will not be tolerated. 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.”
Last week, Price was involved in a dispute with his teammate Ernest Ross and 23-year-old female. He then followed them to an area near the Missouri campus and blocked their vehicle with his own and prevented them from leaving the area. Price exited the vehicle and struck one of the victims in the face with his first. The other victim attempted to break things up and was pushed to the ground by Price.
Price was later brought back into police custody and arrested for the second time in a matter of 15 hours. According to the Kansas City Star, Price was arrested and booked again on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault and second-degree assault for allegedly ramming his vehicle into the victim’s car.
Strangely enough, Price and Ross were actually the closest of friends throughout the 2013-14 season while Price while the former Cardinal was sitting out, due to the NCAA’s transfer rule. Apparently something caused their friendship to end and Price’s actions resulted in him being dismissed. The Columbia Tribune has more on the situation.