Felton kicks top scorer Brown off of the Bulldogs

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ATHENS, Ga. - Senior Takais Brown, Georgia's leading scorer last season who already was suspended for the first nine games this season, was dismissed from the team Friday.

Georgia's Takais Brown led the team in scoring last year. He was dismissed from the team Friday for violating team rules.  AP / File
AP / File
Georgia's Takais Brown led the team in scoring last year. He was dismissed from the team Friday for violating team rules.

Coach Dennis Felton said Brown was kicked off the team for a violation of team policies but can remain at Georgia as a student.

"I'm both disappointed and sad today to release Takais from the team," Felton said in a statement released by the school. "He can continue as a student here at Georgia and will remain on scholarship. It is my hope that Takais continues his work toward earning his degree, which is certainly within his reach this summer."

Brown, a forward from Flint, Mich., led Georgia with 14.2 points per game last season.

He and two other Georgia players were suspended earlier this month for violations of the school's new class attendance policy for student-athletes.

The violation of team policy that led to Friday's dismissal apparently was different than the problems that led to the Oct. 11 suspensions of Brown, Mike Mercer, for 15 games, and Albert Jackson, for six games.

When announcing those suspensions, Felton said the three had violated Georgia athletic association policy, not team policy.

The suspensions were the result of policy introduced by athletic director Damon Evans in his efforts to boost the graduation rate of Georgia's student-athletes. According to the policy enacted last January, student-athletes are fined $10 and suspended for unexcused absences from class and academic appointments.

Felton said the players he suspended earlier this month remain academically eligible by university, Southeastern Conference and NCAA standards. While Felton freely discussed the earlier suspensions, he provided no detail on the team policy broken by Brown, according to team spokesman Tim Hix.

DUQUESNE: The gunman who wounded five Duquesne University players after a school dance last year pleaded guilty and will spend up to 40 years in prison.

William B. Holmes III, 19, of Pittsburgh, shot players Sam Ashaolu, Shawn James, Kojo Mensah, Aaron Jackson and Stuard Baldonado on campus on Sept. 17, 2006.

Holmes had gone to the dance with two women. One woman flirted with some basketball players, leading to an argument after which Holmes and another man, Derek Scott Lee, 19, of Pittsburgh, opened fire.

Holmes was sentenced to 18 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted homicide and aggravated assault charges. Lee was sentenced to seven to 14 years after pleading guilty to the same charges Tuesday.

Lee received the lesser sentence because Allegheny County prosecutors determined that he fired two shots, neither of which hit anybody.

James was shot in the foot, Mensah in the arm and Jackson in the wrist. All three have recovered and are expected to start this season.

Ashaolu, who still has bullet fragments in his head, is back in school and expects to play next season.

Baldonado, shot in the left arm and back, is suspended and unlikely to return to Duquesne after several arrests this year.

MISSOURI: Senior forward Darryl Butterfield was charged with peace disturbance, a little over a week after he was arrested following an incident with his girlfriend.

Butterfield, a reserve, remains indefinitely suspended from the team. A spokesman for the Missouri athletic department declined comment. Missouri plays its first exhibition game Nov. 3 at home against Missouri-St. Louis.


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