Accused of violating The Citadel's honor code, basketball player Matt Van Scyoc held out hope of remaining at the military school after filing an appeal.
That appeal has been rejected, and Van Scyoc - a rising junior and the Bulldogs' top scorer last season - confirmed Thursday that he will be leaving The Citadel after two seasons.
"The only comment I wish to make right now is that I was accused of an honor violation and found to be in violation. I appealed the decision and eventually lost," Van Scyoc said in a statement to The Post and Courier.
The Citadel's honor code states that "a cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do."
A 6-6 forward from Green Lake, Wis., Van Scyoc averaged 14.3 points and 5.3 rebounds for the 7-26 Bulldogs last year, shooting 36.5 percent from 3-point range. As a freshman, he scored 11.1 points per game and was named to the Southern Conference all-freshman team.
"I leave The Citadel having built some very strong relationships with my coaches, teammates and fellow Citadel classmates," Van Scyoc said. "I will take everything I have learned in my two years here with me to my new destination and wish nothing but great success for the team next season."
When he transfers to another program, Van Scyoc will have to sit out one season and will have two seasons of eligibility left.
Citadel coach Chuck Driesell said the Bulldogs will be able to sign a third player for the incoming recruiting class to replace Van Scyoc. They've already signed 6-7 post player Nadi Beciri and 6-4 shooting guard Jake Wright.
"Matt brought a lot to us on and off the court," Driesell said. "He certainly will be missed. But in situations like this, I'm confident that the young men we've got coming back and the freshmen we have coming in will work hard as they normally do, and find a way to replace what we lose.
"Matt had some great relationships with our team and our coaches, and with The Citadel," Driesell said. "It's just an unfortunate situation."
Driesell said he could not comment on the nature of Van Scyoc's honor code violation.
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