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UNLV won’t be without leading scorer Chace Stanback for long

Jeff Eisenberg
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Chace Stanback

Since Chace Stanback had no history of legal trouble prior to his May DUI arrest and he has displayed genuine remorse and a strong work ethic ever since, UNLV coach Dave Rice felt a minor punishment was sufficient for his leading returning scorer.

Rice announced Thursday morning that Stanback will be suspended for UNLV's Nov. 1 exhibition game against Washburn and the Nov. 11 season opener at home against Grand Canyon. The decision from Rice came about an hour after the senior forward plead guilty to driving under the influence of marijuana.

"Chace is a quality person who has had an outstanding track record in three-plus years at UNLV," first-year coach Dave Rice said in a statement. "That said, he made a bad decision that negatively impacted our program. We can't have that."

Some have already labeled Stanback's punishment "a slap on the wrist" since UNLV could probably find a fraternity intramural team that could give Grand Canyon a good game, but Rice's punishment isn't all that bad for a first offense.

The Las Vegas Sun reported Thursday that UNLV's departmental policy is that the only required punishment for first-time offenders is a treatment or education program. Furthermore, the punishment is virtually identical to the one UCLA senior point guard Jerime Anderson received earlier this week for stealing a laptop during the summer.

Stanback blossomed into one of UNLV's top players as a junior, averaging 13.0 points and a team-best 5.9 rebounds and helping lead the Rebels to the NCAA tournament. He, returning guards Oscar Bellfield and Anthony Marshall and UCLA transfer Michael Moser will form the core of a team that hopes to contend with New Mexico for the Mountain West title next season. {YSP:MORE}

In his first public comments since his arrest, Stanback talked to the Sun last month about how the arrest caused him to change his lifestyle and rededicate himself to an offseason conditioning program in preparation for his senior season. Stanback backed up those comments by emphasizing his remorse in a statement released Thursday.

"I regret the decision that I made and I apologize to everyone who cares about UNLV and Runnin' Rebel basketball," Stanback said in a statement. "I made a terrible mistake. I have learned a lot about myself through this process and I hope people are willing to forgive me."

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