Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Syracuse's top receiver suspended from university
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse wideout Mike Williams, the
Orange's leading receiver last season, has been suspended by the
school over an academic issue, the university confirmed Tuesday.
Sue Edson, assistant athletics director for communications, said
Williams was not enrolled in school. Head coach Greg Robinson cited
privacy laws in not elaborating on Williams' situation.
Williams practiced with the team in the spring and university
spokesman Kevin Morrow said he completed the spring semester.
If Williams, a second-team All-Big East Conference selection,
does not return for his junior year, it will leave the struggling
Orange without their top two offensive threats from 2007. As a
team, Syracuse scored 24 touchdowns in 2007, with Williams and Taj
Smith accounting for 15 scores.
Williams caught 60 passes for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns as a
sophomore, including at least one TD catch in a school-record nine
straight games. Smith caught 44 passes for 822 yards and five TDs
and ranked second in the conference in average yards per catch. He
decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and signed a
free-agent deal with the Green Bay Packers.
Syracuse went 2-10 in 2007, the second 10-loss season in three
years under Robinson, who has been in charge during the only
double-digit losing seasons in school history. Robinson's overall
record is 7-28.