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VT suspends F Barksdale for first 3 games

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - Virginia Tech has suspended Forward C.J. Barksdale the first three games of the season for a violation of team rules.

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Coach James Johnson said Monday that Barksdale ''made a bad decision'' but still fits prominently into the Hokies' plans. Johnson did not release any details about Barksdale's actions.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Barksdale averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds last season. He started 30 games and his production improved significantly after Johnson benched him for a game at Maryland because he wasn't happy with his effort.

Barksdale will miss games against USC Upstate, West Virginia and Western Carolina.

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