Posted: Mon November 4, 2013 9:26PM; Updated: Mon November 4, 2013 9:26PM

Virginia Tech suspends F C.J. Barksdale for first three games

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C.J. Barksdale of the Virgnia Tech Hokies.
C.J. Barksdale was suspended after making a "bad decision," according to coach James Johnson.
AP

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

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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