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SALT LAKE CITY - Daniel Deane, a forward from Park City who recently completed his freshman season with the Utah men's basketball team, has been released from his scholarship by head coach Jim Boylen.
"From day one, I made the players in this program aware of what was going to be expected of them both on and off the court," said Boylen. "We want our student-athletes to conduct themselves in a way that reflects positively not only on the men's basketball program but the University of Utah, as well. We do all we can to help our student-athletes succeed academically, and we feel that it is our job to hold them accountable for earning a college degree. Daniel did not buy into that philosophy."
"Daniel was given an opportunity over the past six weeks to elevate his conduct to the standards we put forth. He chose to not do that, and we were left with no choice but to release him," Boylen continued. "We're trying to establish a standard of excellence that we feel is necessary to build a major college men's basketball program."
"When we hired Jim, he was very forthright about the way he is going to run his program," said Utah athletics director Dr. Chris Hill. "I support his philosophy of doing things the right way, and stand by his decision."
Deane played in 29 games and made four starts for the Utes last season. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game.