Reason not connected to ongoing probe

Updated: December 16, 2003, 9:47 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Baylor guard Ellis Kidd Jr. has been dismissed from the team for violating team policy, coach Scott Drew said Tuesday.

"We wish Ellis and his family the best in their future endeavors," head coach Scott Drew said. Drew did not elaborate on what policies Kidd violated.

Heath Nielsen, director of media relations, said he couldn't comment on the reasons for the dismissal. He said it had no connection to any ongoing investigation at Baylor. A committee is looking into violations in the men's basketball program that occurred under former coach Dave Bliss and the university has imposed sanctions against itself.

The violations came to light following the disappearance of player Patrick Dennehy this summer. His body was found in July after he had been reported missing six weeks earlier. He had been shot twice in the head and former teammate Carlton Dotson has been charged with murder in the death.

Kidd, a junior, transferred to Baylor from Seminole State College in Oklahoma, where he played as a freshman in 2001-02.

He had started all seven games this season, averaging 13.4 points and four rebounds.

Kidd's dismissal leaves the team with six scholarship players and five walk-ons.


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