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 width=Illinois forward Darius Paul has been dismissed following his arrest last week during a team trip to France.

Coach John Groce announced the move in a written statement Friday.

Immediately after the trip, Groce had said he had "indefinitely" suspended Paul for violating team rules. On Friday, he said that "after further review of the situation," Paul had been dismissed from the team.

The 6-foot-8 junior was arrested on Aug. 14 in Deauville, France, after police received multiple reports that Paul was damaging vehicles and breaking windows.

Deauville police superintendent Madam Pons said Paul was "very, very drunk." He was charged with vandalism, public intoxication and resisting arrest.

Paul also was suspended in 2014 for what Groce called "multiple transgressions." He later pleaded guilty to underage drinking.

>>Indiana, Louisville Schedule 3-Year Series

Two basketball bluebloods have bargained to battle each other for the next three seasons.

 width= width=Indiana and Lousiville jointly announced on Friday that their men's basketball teams will square off in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The first game of the series will be on New Year's Eve of 2016 at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Arena, home of the Indiana Pacers.

Even better: the following two tilts will be home-and-home. Louisville hosts in 2017, on Dec. 9 of that year, and Indiana gets the third game at Assembly Hall on Dec. 8, 2018.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino called the arrangement a "natural rivalry."

What's more, IU and U of L's football teams have also agreed to a three-year series, but they will meet much further down the road. (That's just how college football scheduling works.) Gridiron games between the Cards and Hoosiers will play out in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

In hoops, Indiana has won 10 of the 17 all-time meetings between the programs. The last game between them was last year, in fact. Louisville took out Indiana handily, 97-74, at Madison Square Garden. That game was the first between the two in 11 seasons. I was there, and the fan support was clearly noticeable enough that it sparked the coaches and programs to plan more for the future.

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