Marist got the proverbial lump of coal in its early Christmas stocking when it was revealed earlier this week that 6-foot-10, 270-pound center Casiem Drummond, a transfer from Villanova, won't play this season.
Drummond was to begin playing for the Red Foxes in their next game. Instead he was declared academically ineligible, by NCAA standards, for the remainder of this season.
Here's a link, from the Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper, to more information about Drummond's situation:
Drummond's presence might have brought a measure of respectability to Marist on the court for the rest of the season.
Marist is currently 0-2 in conference play and 0-9 overall and, now, there isn't much reason to expect significant improvement this season.
Still, the program has some good young players and it should be interesting to watch their development as this season progresses.