CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Center C.J. Giles was dismissed from the
Oregon State team on Monday, interim coach Kevin Mouton's first day
on the job.
No reason was given for the decision, but Giles was benched for
the Jan. 3 game against Arizona because he was late more than once
Giles, who played his high school ball in Seattle, read a
statement to the Seattle Times over the telephone on Monday. He
said Mouton and athletic director Bob De Carolis told him he was
off the team because they wanted a fresh start.
"In the past here I have not been perfect, but I have tried
really hard and I have gotten things together academically. I have
also accepted responsibility when things have not been perfect,"
Giles said in the statement posted on the newspaper's Web site.
"This came as a shock to me as no one had addressed this with
me or let me know that I had done something that would cause me to
be released from the team."
The 6-foot-11 Giles played in 10 games for Oregon State (6-12,
0-6 Pac-10), averaging 6.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Giles began his
collegiate career at Kansas, but was dismissed from that team
before the 2006-07 season for what coach Bill Self called "a
pattern of irresponsible behavior and disrespect for team rules."
Giles did not play for Oregon State until Dec. 8 because of NCAA
transfer rules. He started six of his 10 games.
Mouton took over the Beavers late Sunday after the firing of
coach Jay John. John tried to recruit Giles when he was in high
school and hoped he could get his career back on track in