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.
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
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
The violation of team policy that led to Friday's dismissal of
Brown 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.