DWU's Smiley dismissed from university

Dakota Wesleyan University's Tyson Smiley (11) goes around Valley City State University's Kevin Schramm (32) to the basket during a game on Wednesday night at the Corn Palace.

Dakota Wesleyan University junior men’s basketball player Tyson Smiley is no longer enrolled at the school, according to athletic director Jon Hart.

Smiley, who was arrested in September 2018 for domestic abuse and intentional damage to property, was allowed to rejoin the team after serving a nine-month suspension from the university.

He started all 16 games this season for the Tigers (14-2), but “unfortunately he violated the terms of his probation and will no longer be with the program,” Hart said in a text message to The Daily Republic. “He had an infraction related to student life and university policy.”

Smiley’s original suspension stems from an arrest on Sept. 13, 2018 for pushing his ex-girlfriend to the ground and then “taking out his rage” on the hood of a car that belonged to her father, according to a police affidavit.

After an internal investigation was conducted to determine Smiley’s fate, the university suspended him for the remainder of the 2018-19 academic year.


Prior to this season, DWU coach Matt Wilber said Smiley took online classes while he was suspended and did everything asked of him in order to return to the university.

Smiley was averaging 14.3 points per game for the No. 7 Tigers, who play at No. 1 Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, today.

Hart also confirmed on Friday that point guard Nick Harden will also be serving a two-game suspension. Hart said Harden’s suspension “stems from a campus dorm violation and an academic issue.”

Harden’s suspension starts against the Mustangs. Harden is averaging 17.8 points per contest for the Tigers.

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