Roach, Mack will miss season opener due to suspension

Claire Cruz

Head coach Shaka Smart announced Monday guards Kerwin Roach and Tevin Mack will not play in Texas’ season opener on Friday.

Smart initially suspended the sophomores from Texas’ exhibition game against Angelo State due to a violation of team rules that “occurred months ago” and said they’d be back soon. But when the Longhorns take on Incarnate Word at the Frank Erwin Center to tip off the 2016-17 season, Roach and Mack won’t be on the court.

“Tevin Mack and Kerwin Roach are going to miss one more game; they’re going to miss our opener on Friday,” Smart said. “They will be back for our second game which is a few days later.”

Smart did not disclose what the violation was, but said in a press conference last week that he does not believe it will be an ongoing issue. Roach is considered a leader for the young point guard contingency, and Smart said he doesn’t see the suspension affecting that role.

“It has hurt in that he hasn’t been on the court for a few of our competitions,” Smart said. “But he’s been practicing; he’s been very, very good in practice … we’re starting to see examples of him showing leadership. It takes time, it’s a process, but he’s so much further along than he was last year in that way.”

Smart also gave an update on graduate transfer forward Mareik Isom, who had his ankle scoped last week due to a bacterial infection. He said Isom is getting intravenous medication through a PICC line three times a day and has already seen improvement.

The Longhorns’ season-opening contest against Incarnate Word tips off on Friday at 7 p.m..