COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Maybe it was the intimidation of playing alongside the likes of Purdue's Robbie Hummel and Penn State's Talor Battle. Perhaps it was the presence of ESPN senior writer, Andy Katz, pacing up and down the sidelines for 72 hours. Or it could have been the tiny dorm rooms he had to stay in for three consecutive nights with the other seven-footers.
Either way, Illinois big man Mike Tisdale was told to depart the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., around noon on Thursday, as he failed to qualify for USA Basketball's World University Games team.
All Tisdale could do was wish the best of luck to his new friends before they head to Belgrade, Serbia on July 2 to compete for ten days.
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