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Illinois tension: Richmond, Weber at odds

Jan 16, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

Apparently there’s more friction in Champaign. Luckily for Illinois, it doesn’t involve Demetri McCamey.

Freshman Jereme Richmond didn’t play in Saturday’s loss to Wisconsin because he missed practice time and had a basic lack of preparation, according to a story in the St. Louis Dispatch. Big Ten Network analyst Jim Jackson tweeted he has sources who said Richmond wanted to transfer, but he later back off that claim.

Weber says Richmond “hopefully” will play Tuesday against Michigan State. The players aren’t talking, either.

Asked if he was surprised that Richmond didn’t play, forward Bill Cole offered an abrupt, “No.” Said forward Tyler Griffey, “I’m not going to comment on the Jereme situation, sorry.”

The only one who’s talking? McCamey. And he’s backing the coach. (Lesson learned from last year.)

“He’s part of the team and coach Weber played the best people, so nobody talked about Jereme and everyone was just trying to win a ballgame,” McCamey told the paper. “Everybody has a chance to play the next game. That’s up to coach Weber.”

Richmond is averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game.

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