For Immediate Release……………….February 22, 2008
The University of Colorado’s Men’s Basketball program has made a decision to release me from their team. I have been asked the question, why? Following is my response to the best of my ability.
As a player this season, I believe I have represented the University of Colorado Buffaloes to the best of my ability. I was told what was in the press release from Coach Bzdelik released yesterday. This was purely a coach’s decision and not a disciplinary reaction.
I want to clearly state I have never had a problem academically or socially while at the University of Colorado or during my life time. I have no athletic eligibility issues or law enforcement arrests. I did not break any team rules or verbally abuse anyone in the basketball program or in the University of Colorado.
For almost two years I have had an opportunity to get a solid College education and become a proven, recognized competitive player in the Big 12, one of America’s toughest conferences.
I have accepted leadership roles both on the court, and in the classroom. I was nominated and selected out of all the University of Colorado student athletes by Ceal Barry, Assistant Athletic Director, to represent the entire student-athlete body earlier this year on a select committee.
I accepted a scholarship at the University of Colorado with the reputation of being of high integrity, disciplined and with good work ethics. That has not changed.
My goal to continue playing Division I basketball, graduate from college, and compete at the next level remains strong. My future is in my hands now and I plan to make the most of it.
A motto I live by and believe in:
Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
Look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.
Think only of the best, work only for the best and expect only the best.
Forget the challenges of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. Live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you!
Goodbye to the loyal “X” fans of the University of Colorado. Good luck to the CU Buffs for the remaining season.
–Xavier James Silas