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Humphrey out at UGA
Dacula grad ousted following third arrest

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," said Felton, who added he will make no additional comments on the matter. "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.

Humphrey reportedly told the officer ""Please, please, please, I am begging you not to do this,' according to the police report. ""You will ruin my career.'

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).

The 6-foot-2 guard was an accomplished player at Dacula, averaging 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists as a senior. He was the Daily Post's co-player of the year in 2005 after that standout season.

Humphrey's dismissal is the latest in a run of bad luck for Georgia and Felton. The Bulldogs signed South Gwinnett guards Louis Williams and Mike Mercer in 2004, but Williams declared for the NBA Draft and never attended Georgia. He currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers. Mercer was dismissed last fall by Felton for failure to adhere to team standards in policies. He was serving a 15-game suspension for violating UGA Athletic Association academic policy when he was dismissed. He transferred to South Florida.

Brookwood grad Channing Toney signed with the Bulldogs the year after the South Gwinnett duo, but transferred in November 2006 after starting 51 of 56 career games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report