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Rios suspended indefinitely, Spence honored

BANKUNITED CENTER -- The University of Miami has suspended backup point guard Eddie Rios indefinitely for a violation of team rules according a statement released by the school. The announcement was made an hour before Tuesday night's primetime showdown with Ohio State.

Eddie_riosRios, a 6-1 sophomore from Miami High, started UM's first four games this season in place of an injured Lance Hurdle. But he returned to the bench Saturday in Miami's 79-65 win over Stetson. He played 11 minutes against the Hatters, finishing with six points. Rios had started the season with high expectations, telling reporters before the start of the season this was going to be a great year for him. It started like it. He scored a career-high 17 points in the opener against Florida Southern. But his minutes began to dwindle when Hurdle returned as a backup on the team's trip to the Paradise Jam.

Rios came to Miami with plenty of fanfare. He won a state title as a sophomore and was considered one of the nation's top prospects. He committed to Miami as a junior.

I had received a bogus email earlier in the afternoon, a story that quoted coach Frank Haith talking about a suspension. When I called UM, they said the article was bogus. Haith is supposed to address the issue after the game.

> Not all the news out of The U is bad tonight. Freshman Sean Spence was awarded the ACC's Defensive Rookie of The Year. Even though Spence failed to even earn honorable mention when the ACC released its all-conference team on Monday, Spence earned one of the highest honors of the year.

Sean_spenceSpence finished third on the team during the regular season with 62 total tackles and led all Miami linebackers with 7.5 tackles for loss. He started eight of the 12 games he played in. Spence returned his first career interception for a touchdown against Florida State and forced a fumble in the final minutes of regulation at Virginia which helped the Hurricanes to an overtime win. He posted a career-high 10 tackles against Florida State and had five or more tackles in eight games.

“I really wasn’t expecting it, but it’s a tremendous honor to win the award,” Spence said in a statement released by the school. “Coach [Randy] Shannon and coach [Micheal] Barrow gave me an opportunity to get on the field, and all the hard work paid off.”