WVU’s Martin Suspended, Will Not Make Overseas Trip
MORGANTOWN — It may have been the shortest — and most surprising — release ever put out by West Virginia University’s sports information department.
“West Virginia University women’s basketball senior guard Tynice Martin has been suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules,” it simply read.
Good morning, good afternoon, good night!
Tynice Martin is West Virginia’s star player.
She’s also WVU’s most star-crossed player. In 2017 she was the toast of the town, the Most Valuable Player in the Big 12 Tournament, heading toward becoming an All-American and then a professional.
Then that summer, while working out for Team-USA, she suffered a broken foot.
It never really healed correctly. She wore a boot for much of that year, had additional surgery. She handled it professionally, no whining, no cursing for her. She was there for her teammates.
Last year she bounced back even though the foot still would hurt her.
Despite that she played 37 minutes a game as WVU played short-handed, averaging 18 points a game.
It was assumed she would leave for the WNBA but she stunned everyone when she decided to return.
But she knew for some time she would come back.
“It was not weighing heavily on my mind,” she revealed after WVU was eliminated from the WNIT. “I made the decision months ago. When we got to the NIT (and were passed over by the NCAA) I thought this is definitely not how I want to go out.”
She knew how she wanted to go out.
“I want to go out one of the best all-time players,” she said.
Now, who knows?
There was no word on what rules she had broken and Carey did not return a phone call.
A WVU athletics spokesperson said Martin would not be on the women’s trip to Italy and Greece, which began on Sunday.