Miami's Willie Williams asks for scholarship release

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Willie Williams has asked Miami to
release him from his scholarship, and is beginning the process of
finding a new school.

The linebacker -- who was allowed to enroll at Miami two years
ago despite having 11 entries on his arrest record -- was touted as
one of the nation's best defensive players coming out of high
school, but never became a starter with the Hurricanes.

"Whatever is best for Willie, I will be in favor of," Miami
coach Larry Coker said in a statement released by the school.

Williams has not yet enrolled at any other school, and it's
still possible that he could return to the Hurricanes if he changes
his mind. Practice for the 2006 season begins next month.

Williams signed with Miami on Feb. 4, 2004, the day his arrest
record became known publicly. He spent a few days in jail for
violating probation, then had his admission to Miami scrutinized,
delayed -- and eventually allowed, provided he adhered to strict
academic and off-field ground rules.

He was redshirted for the 2004 season because of a knee injury,
then appeared mostly as a backup and special-teams standout in