Jan 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino talks with guard Kevin Ware (5) during the first half against the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center. Villanova defeated Louisville 73-64. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Pitino: Louisville's Kevin Ware "Isn't Coming Back Anytime Soon"

The ever-dubious “indefinite suspension” seems to be common practice in the Big East these days.

Between the Greg Whittington situation at Georgetown (later revealed as an academic issue) and the James Southerland conundrum at Syracuse (believed to be an academic issue), valuable players on bona fide league contenders are checking out of games because of undisclosed reasons.

Score Louisville’s Kevin Ware as the latest to follow suit.

The reserve guard, who did not play in Louisville’s win over Pittsburgh on Monday, won’t see the court anytime soon according to his head coach. Rick Pitino put the kibosh on speculation after the game.

Ware has wrestled with off-court problems before. The sophomore missed the first semester of his freshman season due to academic issues.

A 43-percent shooter from long range, Ware is the most efficient perimeter threat on the Cardinals this season, though he’s only attempted 14 treys. His long and gangly frame also lends well to the defensive end–Ware’s forte–where he’s a staple to Louisville’s highly structured zone press.

In Ware’s absence on Monday, Louisville turned to a pair of walk-ons: Michael Henderson, who canned one of his three 3-point attempts, and Lexington native Michael “Dark Slime” Baffour.

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