George Mason senior guard Andre Cornelius, previously
suspended indefinitely, will return to competition with the team on December 20
upon the conclusion of the fall academic semester. Cornelius will miss 10
regular-season contests and be eligible to play on December 21 in the Patriots'
game against Duquesne.
"The judicial process has been completed and Andre will
be able to move forward practicing with the team and working towards his degree,"
said head coach Paul Hewitt. "He has admitted that he made a mistake and accepted
responsibility for it. We look forward to having him rejoin us on the court in
Cornelius, who is on track to graduate on time in May 2012, will be
allowed to participate in practices and other activities but will not travel
with the team.
"I made a mistake,
and as a result, I have lost the opportunity to do one of the things I love the
most - play basketball at George Mason," said Cornelius. "I accept this
punishment and will work as hard as possible to support my team and get ready
to make an impact when I come back."
Cornelius, who has started 66 games in his career at Mason,
is the team's second-leading returning scorer after averaging 9.5 points per
game a year ago. He led the team in three pointers with 61 and ranks seventh in
the Mason record books at 39.1 percent 3-point field goal percentage while
ranking 10th in 3-pointers made (138).