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
He was arrested Sept. 29 near Champaign.