Willie Williams dismissed from team

University of Louisville linebacker Willie A. Williams was dismissed from the football team Thursday afternoon after being arrested in downtown Louisville Wednesday night.

University of Louisville linebacker Willie A. Williams was dismissed from the football team Thursday afternoon after violating the terms and conditions of his agreement with Athletic Director Tom Jurich prior to his admittance to the University.

"I'm very disappointed in Willie," Jurich said in a press release from the school. "I was confident that he had turned the corner in his life and was ready to be a valuable contributor to society and our football program."

Williams, U of L's sixth leading tackler this season with 15, was arrested Wednesday night in downtown Louisville and charged with possession of marijuana, felony tampering of physical evidence and driving without a license.

According to the Louisville Metro Police report, Williams was pulled over at Second and Broadway and was caught by the arresting officer trying to eat the marijuana. Tampering with physical evidence is a felony offense that carries up to a five year prison sentence.

Williams, who transferred from West Los Angeles C.C., was a key reserve for Louisville's struggling defense.

"We wish Willie the best and hope that he can learn from his mistakes and move forward in his life," Jurich said.


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