The off-season has been one full of changes for the Buffalo Bulls, and not of the good variety.
On the heels of an NCAA Tournament appearance, head coach Bobby Hurley left the Bulls for the bright lights and big time of the Pac-12 and is now the bench boss at Arizona State. Following in his footsteps, star guard Shannon Evans transferred to the Sun Devils, where he will be eligible in 2016-17.
Despite the losses of both Hurley and Evans, the Bulls had the look of the top team in the MAC once again in 2015-16.
However, as is the case in life most times, things are too good to be true. On Monday, it was announced that Justin Moss was dismissed from the program, in relation to an incident back in June.
Moss is the reigning MAC Player of the Year, after averaging 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game to help lead the Bulls to the NCAA Tournament. He was expected to be the focal point of the offense for new bench boss Nate Oats.
Back in June, Moss and two teammates, Raheem Johnson and Mory Diane, were caught stealing money from the dorm room of two football players. The trio of basketball players were hired by the school to change smoke detectors and other maintenance jobs, and were caught stealing $650.
Despite returning the money to the student-athletes, Moss was suspended. He appealed the suspension, but was unsuccessful in his attempt.
In a statement released by the school, it was stated that Moss is not enrolled in any courses at the school, or involved in any school activities.
Both Johnson and Diane are still suspended by the program.
With Moss in the mix, the Bulls were seen as the favourites to come away with the MAC title. Without their star, Buffalo will likely finish middle-of-the-pack in 2015-16.