TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona co-captain Gene Edgerson,
apparently upset over a lack of playing time, has been told by
acting coach Jim Rosborough to stay home while the Wildcats travel
to Washington and Washington State this week.
"This morning I asked Gene to take off the rest of the week and
over the weekend to do some self-evaluation of what he wants and
needs out of this season," Rosborough said Tuesday.
Asked what Edgerson's reaction was, Rosborough said, "He didn't
Rosborough, filling in for coach Lute Olson following the death
of Olson's wife, said he would meet with Edgerson Monday to talk
about his future in the program.
"I hope we can come to a positive resolution," Rosborough
Edgerson, a fifth-year senior forward known as a rugged
rebounder and fiery team leader, played as a freshman on the 1997
national championship team.
He was a redshirt last season while he completed requirements
for his teaching degree.
Edgerson, a popular player with his trademark Afro hairstyle a
la Artis Gilmore, made it clear that he came back only because he
felt he could help the Wildcats earn another title.
But Arizona, the No. 1 team in the preseason, has sputtered to
an 8-5 record and tumbled to No. 21 in the latest rankings.
Edgerson has played in all 13 games, but has averaged just 13.5
minutes. He is averaging 3.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
His teammates elected him and fellow seniors Loren Woods and
Justin Wessel co-captains last week.
Rosborough did not say specifically what led to his decision to
ask Edgerson to temporarily leave the team.
"There have been some things that have been a concern that
maybe have come to a head," Rosborough said. "I think it's time
for Gene to evaluate. Is this too frustrating for him? Is it too
frustrating that he's not going to have 24-25 minutes a game?"
Edgerson did not practice with the team Tuesday and would not on
Wednesday, Rosborough said.
The incident is the latest distraction in what has been an
emotional season for the Wildcats.
Bobbi Olson, the coach's wife of 47 years and a loving mother
figure to the players over the years, died last week of cancer.
Olson has taken an indefinite leave of absence to mourn her loss.
Rosborough said he spoke to Olson about his decision regarding
"I wanted him aware of it," Rosborough said. "I explained the
situation to him and his response, as it has been on all of this,
was 'Jim, it's your club. Do what you have to do.' "
Edgerson, who already has his education degree, has indicated he
wants to play in Europe before beginning his teaching career.
Rosborough said he has great admiration for the way Edgerson has
completed his education and sympathizes with his situation, but his
playing time is not going to increase unless there is an injury or
some other personnel problem.
"There are only so many minutes to go around," Rosborough
said. "I know that frustrates Gene, but those are the facts of
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