McBride suspended four games for DUI arrest

Updated: October 23, 2006, 7:28 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois guard Rich McBride was suspended Monday for the first four regular season games following his arrest last month for driving under the influence.

He will continue to practice with the team and be involved in counseling and community service, coach Bruce Weber said in a statement. McBride is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 30 on charges of DUI and improper traffic lane usage.

"We are disappointed in Rich's decision making, but most importantly, it's important that we help Rich," Weber said. "This has been a difficult but very valuable life lesson for Rich, as well as his teammates, to learn."

McBride, a starter who averaged 10 points last season, helped the Illini finish second in the Big Ten and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

He will sit out a team scrimmage this week and two exhibition games, and could play for the first time Nov. 21 against Savannah State.

He was arrested Sept. 29 near Champaign.

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