DKW 86 6,371 Posted August 16, 2006 Share Posted August 16, 2006 http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/sports/15274766.htm Maybe he can work at the Casinos while he is there...or...Maybe this THUG is a bouncer for the casinos. Linebacker is heading to community collegeFormer All-American Willie Williams is transferring from UM to Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.By MANNY NAVARRO mnavarro@MiamiHerald.com Greg Cote's weblog | Willie Williams cuts and runs, Part II It's official: Willie Williams is no longer a Miami Hurricane. The former Carol City All-American linebacker is transferring to Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, Miss., coach Tim Hatten said. Hatten said Williams, who was the nation's most highly recruited linebacker coming out of high school in 2004, is expected to arrive in Mississippi tonight and will begin practicing with the nation's preseason No. 1-ranked junior college by Wednesday. ''We talked about it, and the situation was good for him, good for us,'' Hatten said. ``He's on a full scholarship. Willie is the type guy we believe can turn into a great college football player who can one day make a living playing the game he loves.'' Williams, whose lengthy arrest record stirred national debate when UM accepted him, began exploring his transfer options last month in a quest for more playing time. But he reportedly ran into trouble finding a school. Tennessee, Fresno State, West Virginia, Louisville and Troy State were all said to be schools Williams was interested in. None of them, however, was willing to take him -- partially because UM would not permit Williams to transfer to any school on Miami's schedule in the next four years and for his juvenile criminal history. ''I think it was really a lot of hearsay,'' Hatten said referring to the schools who reportedly said they weren't interested in Williams. ``There's no reason nobody shouldn't take a Willie Williams. As far as I'm concerned all of the things he's done were three years ago. I'm not going to hold it against the kid.'' Williams, who is under probation through February 2007 for a fire extinguisher-related incident on a recruiting trip to UF in 2004, will likely receive court permission to transfer to another jurisdiction, his lawyer Paul Lazerus said. ''We can do it as quickly as a judge can get us a hearing,'' Lazerus said. ``We can get it done.'' Williams, who was unavailable for comment, played in 10 games last season and had 17 tackles after being redshirted in 2004. He will play one season at Pearl River before likely signing with a Division I-A program -- that is if he doesn't decide to enter the NFL Draft first. Hatten said Williams told him he left for a junior college to avoid having to sit out the season. Pearl River, which won the NJCAA national title in 2004, has turned out numerous Division I-A stars who went on to succeed at UCLA, Baylor, TCU, Ole Miss and South Florida and currently has two former players in the NFL. (Larry Brackins, Bucs; Donovan Morgan, Texans). Hatten, who previously coached nine years at Haines City High, said Williams is excited about his new opportunity. ''It's a great situation, a brand new start,'' Hatten said. ``We're here in a little secluded area of Mississippi right on the state line. There's no great deal of pressure here like there is in Miami. The football team shares the same dorm building. I'll be 75 yards away if Willie needs me.'' Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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