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Tubby: Royce White needs to get his act together

Tubby Smith says Royce White will ride the bench for a while.

Tubby Smith says Royce White will ride the bench for a while.

"It's frustrating, it's disappointing, but that's life," Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith told reporters this morning about the continuing saga of his star recruit, Royce White.

A few weeks ago, White was charged with shoplifting at the Mall of America. Now he's under investigation following the dorm room theft of a laptop computer last weekend. White says he had nothing to do with the theft, and nobody's been charged in the matter.

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Smith says White remains suspended indefinitely, and he's still gathering information about White's latest run-with authorities. "He won't be playing tomorrow, he won't be playing until he gets his life and these issues he's dealing with taken care of."

That means White, a former Hopkins star, will sit out his team's season opener Friday night against Tennessee Tech.