WSU overturns Casto suspension

WSU Hoops: New information on pot arrest prompts AD Moos to lift ban

March 24, 2011 

Washington State University athletic director Bill Moos lifted DeAngelo Casto's suspension Wednesday, just hours before the Cougars took on Northwestern in the NIT quarterfinals in Pullman.

Casto wasn’t expected to play after being cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession Tuesday.

But Moos said new information prompted him to lift the suspension.

“In reviewing new information that has been brought to my attention, I am removing DeAngelo’s suspension effective immediately,” Moos said. He did not detail the new information.

“We appreciate that (Moos) is going to allow everything to be looked at,” said Tim Esser, attorney for Casto, who has predicted the case will be dismissed.

Casto pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Whitman County District Court.

Casto is the third prominent WSU player to be suspended this season for misdemeanor marijuana possession. Leading scorer Klay Thompson and point guard Reggie Moore earlier served one-game suspensions.

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