Less than 48 hours after one of his most personable and affable players made national headlines for all the wrong reasons, Colorado men's basketball coach Tad Boyle still couldn't believe the scrutiny Tory Miller attracted Wednesday night.
While battling for a loose ball with Air Force's Hayden Graham, Miller was caught on camera delivering a bite to Graham's shoulder. Once officials conferred and saw the raw mark left on Graham's shoulder, Miller was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and an automatic ejection.
"I wanted to hear from him. Tory is an emotional player and it was something that happened in the heat of battle," Boyle said. "He's not a malicious kid. That's not who he is. It's something we're going to learn from and get better from and move forward with. If I didn't know Tory Miller so well, I'd worry about him. It's totally out of character."
As of Friday evening CU was still waiting to hear from the Pac-12 Conference regarding any potential punishment for Miller ahead of Sunday's non-conference battle against Northern Colorado. CU officials said Miller would not comment until they work through the situation with the league. Any suspension would likely be for only one game.
"Quite frankly, there was a lot of contact in that scrum," Boyle said. "Tory told me he didn't mean to do it and it wasn't a malicious thing. But there was bite marks on the kid's shoulder, and Tory's mouth did come in contact with the his shoulder, so the referees did what they felt they had to do. This is something that I don't ever expect to have to deal with again, and I don't think I will."