“He’ll be suspended until I take him off. There’s not really a timeline on that,” Menzies said.
UNLV announced Morgan’s indefinite suspension following his arrest for disorderly conduct. According to the police report, Morgan was driven to a police station by a cab then tried to drive himself home in a police car. He then tried to enter another citizen’s car before being arrested.
Menzies isn’t providing specifics on what Morgan must do to become reinstated.
“That’s kind of a private deal with me and Dwayne. I said what I was going to say on that publicly when I released a statement. And kind of leaving it there. It’s me and Dwayne and we’re figuring life out,” Menzies said.
With UNLV currently carrying 14 players when only 13 scholarships are allowed to be handed out, Menzies could easily cut ties with Morgan given the baggage he now carries. But Menzies is intent on helping 21 year old.
“He’s my guy. I love him,” Menzies said. “See him every day. He ran into what we’re hoping can be a great opportunity to grow and develop. So that’s how we’re approaching it. Basketball is secondary at this point. Actually, we are getting to know each other a lot better now that we see each other every day.”
For now, Morgan appears to not be in danger of losing his roster spot, but Menzies will have to figure out a way to get down to 13 players eventually.
“There’s a timeframe on that, which is down the road, so I haven’t really had to go hard in the paint trying to figure out exactly what I want to do there,” Menzies said. “It usually ends up working itself out. When the time comes and I have to make a decision, I’ll make it. We’ve looked at a lot of different potential options to make sure the kids are good. At the end of the day that’s what you are really concerned about.”
Menzies also addressed his scheduling for 2017-18, as his top 20 recruiting class raised expectations.
“This recruiting class and the talent that you project that you’ll have always plays a role in who you want to play to give yourself a chance at some type of post season. But at the same time, you need to make sure you bring them along when they’re younger guys,” Menzies said. “This particular year – based off the recruiting class – I wanted to have a few games that have a little girth to them that can help us move the needle if we are fortunate enough to hold serve when we get to conference.”
Arizona will be one of the teams providing girth to the schedule, as the Wildcats are scheduled to come to Vegas in December. UNLV will also take part in a tournament in the MGM Grand Main Event playing Rice in game one and Utah or Ole Miss the next day. The Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge will send UNLV on the road to take on Northern Iowa. The Rebels will also head to Pacific and host Southern Utah.