UPDATE: Miss. St. coach suspends Augustus for 2 games

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State basketball coach Rick Stansbury has suspended forward Kodi Augustus for two games.

The coach announced his decision Tuesday, four days after the Augustus blasted Stansbury following a season-opening 88-74 loss to Rider that knocked the Bulldogs out of the Top 25. Augustus used two expletives and disparaged Stansbury’s coaching after the loss.

The 6-foot-8 junior from Baton Rouge, La. who is expected to be a significant contributor, played just 15 minutes against Rider.

The two clashed last season, but appeared to have worked out their differences.

The suspension leaves Mississippi State with four frontcourt players available for Thursday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana.

Click here for more including quotes from Stansbury and Augustus at Brad Locke’s blog.

Chris Talbott/The Associated Press