Falcon Center Suspended Indefinitely
Nov. 4, 2003
Air Force sophomore Alison Butler has been suspended indefinitely from the women's basketball team for a violation of Academy rules. The suspension begins immediately for the Longmont, Colo., native. Due to the Privacy Act, Academy officials are unable to comment on the details of the suspension. Butler is still able to practice with the team, but may not participate in any games.
Butler, a 6-foot-2 center, played in 27 games as a freshman and started in six of the team's last seven games. She led the team with 16 blocks, becoming the first freshman to lead the Falcons in blocks since 1993-94. She also set an Air Force Division I single-game record with five blocks against Utah. She averaged 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.
"This is very disappointing. Hopefully at some point she will be able to return to the team," Air Force head coach Ardie McInelly said. "Ali meant a lot to our team, but life goes on. She'll continue to be a part of our team every day in practice. She's an awesome person who made a serious mistake."