Thursday , Jan , 18 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Boston College dismisses McLain, Williams from hoops team

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) – Boston College forward Akida McLain and
center Sean Williams, both suspended earlier this season, have been kicked out
of the men’s basketball program for unspecified violations of team rules.

Men’s basketball coach Al Skinner and athletic director Gene DeFilippo refused
to comment specifically on the players’ conduct.

The 6-foot-10 Williams started 15 games this season, averaging 12.1 points,
6.9 rebounds and 5.0 blocks per game. He also ranked third among shot blockers
in the NCAA, despite missing the first two games of the season for academic

Williams, a Houston native, was also suspended last year for a semester after
a marijuana possession charge.

McLain missed the first semester, also due to academic reasons, and then
sustained an ankle injury just four minutes into his first game back. The 6-
foot-8 junior played just six total minutes, averaging 2.0 points and 1.5
rebounds in two games.

The junior had a run in with the law last season in his native Pittsburgh,
when he was caught passing counterfeit $20 bills. McLain was subsequently
suspended for his actions.

This double dose of trouble comes at a pivotal time for the Eagles, who have
won their last six games and are in first place in the ACC with a 5-0 record
while holding a 13-4 overall mark.