Ryan Cline to miss first four regular-season games

Purdue guard Ryan Cline (14) reacts after hitting a 3-point basket against Vermont in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. Purdue defeated Vermont 107-79. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Purdue guard Ryan Cline (14) reacts after hitting a 3-point basket against Vermont in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in West Lafayette, Ind., Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. Purdue defeated Vermont 107-79. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue head coach Matt Painter has announced that sophomore guard Ryan Cline will now miss the first six competitions of the 2016-17 season.

Cline, who sat out Tuesday’s exhibition win over Southern Indiana, will miss the scrimmage with West Virginia and regular-season contests against McNeese State, Villanova, Georgia State and Utah State in the Cancun Challenge. Cline’s first game to return will be the second game in Cancun against either Auburn or Texas Tech.

“As we’ve said before, our guys are held to a high standard of conduct off the court,” Painter said. “After some additional meetings and information gathering over the last week, we’ve decided that Ryan will sit out the first six contests of the season for a violation of team rules. We are not going to discuss specifics and will handle other items internally, but feel this is the best course of action for our program and everyone involved.”

Cline appeared in all 35 games as a freshman, averaging 3.9 points per game while shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range.