CHAMPAIGN, ILL - The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced today that senior men's basketball player Rich McBride will be suspended from action during the preseason portion of the schedule and the first four regular-season games following the completion of the campus disciplinary action.
"We are disappointed in Rich's decision making, but most importantly, it's important that we help Rich," head coach Bruce Weber said. "This has been a difficult but very valuable life lesson for Rich, as well as his teammates, to learn, and hopefully it will be a lesson for many others as well. We've made a decision to have Rich sit out the Orange & Blue Scrimmage, the two exhibition games and the first four regular season games. He will continue to practice with the team, and he will also be involved in counseling and community service. Rich is on track to graduate following the completion of an internship next summer, which is very important to him and his family."