"The expectation for every member of our program has always been that they must earn the right to represent East Carolina University and that they will be held accountable for their actions on and off the field," McNeill said. The fourth-year ECU head coach did not address specifics of the suspension, but added that Williams "did not adhere to the conduct standards we have in place."
Williams, a two-year starter on the Pirates' front line, has recorded nine tackles and half a sack in his first three games of the 2013 season. McNeill indicated junior Chrishon Rose would take over the starting role in Williams' absence.
Here are some comments from McNeill and offensive lineman Ike Harris following Tuesday's practice.
McNeill: "We've suspended Terry and he'll come back when I want him to come back. Certain things have been said since day one and I feel I've been pretty consistent on how I feel about that. No egos, no entitlement, teamwork first and those things are not going to be compromised no matter who or what it is."
Harris: "I love Terry. We're definitely going to need him, he's definitely a very important part of our defensive line, defensive-core as a whole, period. Terry, he's going to bounce back. He's a strong guy, he's fine. He's still going to come back and play and he has a very bright future ahead of him. I hope the best for him and I'm praying for him.
East Carolina (2-1) will return to action Saturday when it faces North Carolina (1-2) at Kenan Stadium beginning at 12:30 p.m.