Penn State basketball departed on their week-long foreign tour in the Bahamas yesterday. The team will get to play three games against professional teams local to the islands, but they'll also spend plenty of time soaking in the sun. These tours aren't intended to be any more of a business trip than a vacation for the coaches and players.
However, the program announced during football's media day that one vital player was left behind. Redshirt sophomore Mike Watkins did not travel with the team this week. A short statement released by head coach Pat Chambers seems to describe Watkins' exclusion as a disciplinary action.
Bit of Penn State basketball news. Mike Watkins didn't make trip with team to the Bahamas. pic.twitter.com/Sq3NjnffiH
— Ben Jones (@Ben_Jones88) August 5, 2017
With Watkins already expected to rejoin the team next week upon their return, it's likely this remains an internal matter. But missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a Bahamas resort with your teammates is a strong message to send by the head coach. This is a disappointing setback for a player whose progress on the court and in the classroom had been praised over his first two years in the program.