Bowen announces student-athlete suspensions
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball head coach Matt Bowen announced today juniors Brady Fairbanks (G/F, Bena, Minn.), Jimmy Johnson (C, Andover, Minn.) and Sergej Baskow (F/C, Ludwigsburg, Germany) have been suspended indefinitely for violating the University’s Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.

“Unfortunately people make mistakes,” Bowen said. “We are following the University’s student-athlete code of conduct in this situation and the future involvement of these student-athletes with the BSU men’s basketball program will be decided at a later date.”

“The Department of Athletics provides education and life-long learning experiences for student-athletes to be successful,” said BSU Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb. “In some circumstances, as part of the education process, student-athletes realize there are consequences to their actions. That is the case in this situation and I applaud Coach Bowen for exhibiting a high degree of integrity and adhering to the high standards expected of our student-athletes.”

Bemidji State has no further comment on the situation.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).