Friday, October 17, 2003
Howell's suspension continues until December
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina center Rolando Howell will
remain suspended for the first 12 games of the season but has
started practicing with the team, school officials said Friday.
Howell was suspended after he was arrested Aug. 9 at an
apartment he shared with his girlfriend and charged with criminal
domestic violence. The woman told Richland County deputies that
Howell grabbed her neck, pulled her hair and hit her in the face.
He pleaded no contest to the charge last week and was ordered to
pay a $50 fine and complete a 26-week domestic abuse counseling
Howell will be eligible to play on Dec. 20 against North
Carolina State, two weeks before South Carolina opens Southeastern
Conference play. Howell averaged 10 points and 6.3 rebounds last
"I am disappointed, but at the same time I know what I did was
wrong," Howell said.
The Gamecocks were to begin practice with Midnight Madness late
Friday night and they open the season against Gardner-Webb in the
Guardians Classic on Nov. 17.