Friday, June 27, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
ATHENS - Three strikes was enough for University of Georgia men's basketball coach Dennis Felton.
Felton dismissed guard Billy Humphrey from his team on Friday after the Dacula grad was arrested earlier this week - his third brush with the law in eight months.
"I am disappointed in Billy," Felton said. "We've worked really hard with him in the past to see that he succeeds, but I feel that it's now best for our program to move forward without him."
Humphrey, 20, was arrested Tuesday on several alcohol-related charges, according to Gwinnett County Jail records. He is charged with failure to maintain lane, purchasing alcohol while under the age of 21 and having a blood alcohol content of .02, the limit for a person under 21.
Felton said Wednesday he was still looking into the facts regarding Humphrey's arrest, but two days later he made the decision to kick his second-leading scorer off the team. In February, Humphrey was arrested by Athens-Clarke County police and charged with underage alcohol possession and failure to obey a traffic control device.
In November, he was charged by UGA police with felony possession of a weapon on school property.
Humphrey averaged 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Bulldogs' surprising SEC Tournament champion team that qualified for the NCAA Tournament. He also led Georgia in 3-point shooting (37 percent) and free-throw shooting (83 percent).