Rice kicked off team at Georgia Tech

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Glen Rice Jr. was kicked off the Georgia Tech team Tuesday, less than a week after a shooting incident outside an Atlanta nightclub led to criminal charges.

Coach Brian Gregory cut ties with the junior guard, who was serving his second suspension of the season at the time of the latest trouble. A graduate student manager already had been dismissed from the program for the same incident.

Rice will remain enrolled at Georgia Tech and complete his academic requirements for the spring semester.

Rice, student manager London Warren and another person were charged early Thursday, the same day Georgia Tech’s dismal season ended with a 54-36 loss to Miami in the opening round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

According to an Atlanta police report, an officer received a call of a shot being fired near a nightclub. The officer said he pulled over a Cadillac Escalade and recovered two handguns from inside the vehicle.

Warren “had glossy eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” the report said. He was charged with DUI. Rice was charged with permitting unlawful operation.

SYRACUSE: Coach Jim Boeheim says the Orange will be “ready to play” without 7-foot sophomore center Fab Melo, who has been ruled ineligible for the NCAA Tournament. The school did not elaborate.

NORTH CAROLINA: Coach Roy Williams says he probably won’t know until Thursday whether John Henson will be ready for the Tar Heels’ NCAA Tournament opener.

Henson hurt his left wrist on a fall during the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Atlanta.

UCLA: Athletic director Dan Guerrero said coach Ben Howland will remain in charge of the troubled program.

Guerrero issued a statement saying he had reviewed what was best for the program and decided to stay with Howland.


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