Posted by: mdegeorge | January 19, 2011

Pants off, transfer off for would-be La Salle basketball player

It may sound overly Puritanical, but we now have evidence of at least one person running into trouble with his pants off. It does, however, create what may be the shortest collegiate tenure in NCAA history.

The victim in this bare-backsided saga is Nebraska men’s basketball forward Christian Standhardinger (really his name). The wantaway 6-foot-8 forward from Munich, Germany looked ready to end his time as a Cornhusker by sealing a transfer to La Salle. He was formally announced as a member of the La Salle basketball family Tuesday afternoon in a press release that has since been expunged from the site.

It was replaced by a prepared statement by La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini that reads:

“Christian has recently been made aware of a personal situation that demands his full attention. We believe it is in the best interest of all parties that Christian Standhardinger does not attend La Salle University.”

That personal situation involved an late-night citation for alleged public indecency in a park in Lincoln, Nebraska Sunday.

Standhardinger was cited at 3:40 a.m. for sitting in a parked car in Tierra Park without his pants on, accompanied by a 19-year-old topless female.

The forward was unavailable for comment on his, uh, Stand(ing)hardinger, though it’s clear the Christian Brothers at La Salle aren’t too pleased by his backseat performance.

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