COLLEGE PARK--For the first time since announcing that he would not punish sophomore forward Charles Mitchell any further following an incident that occurred on Tuesday against Virginia Tech, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon explained his reasoning to the media on Saturday.
“He paid his dues. Did a lot of homework on it and he paid his dues,” Turgeon said. “I don’t want to get into too much, but Charles has been--off the court--he goes to class, he’s on time for study hall, he does a lot of things right.”
Tuesday against Virginia Tech, Mitchell was sent to the locker room for the start of the second half after reportedly exchanging words with assistant coach Scott Spinelli. He remained there with special assistant Juan Dixon until part of the way through the second.
Upon returning to the bench, he sat at the end in his warmups and participated in team huddles.
Turgeon elaborated on his decision not to punish Mitchell further, allowing him to practice both Friday and Saturday and be active for Sunday’s game against Virginia.
“He just gets a little too emotional in games,” he said. “So, he was embarrassed by it, embarrassed when he had to leave the bench and go to the locker room. But he needed it … Hopefully it’ll help him grow up a little bit.”
Turgeon says he has not yet decided on a starting lineup for Maryland’s final ACC game. Sophomore Shaquille Cleare played well in Mitchell’s absence in the second half against Virginia Tech, scoring six points.
Because of that performance, there exists the possibility that he could start.
Tip is at noon at Comcast Center.