Troubled Miami LB Williams transferring to CC

Updated: August 14, 2006, 11:16 PM ET
Associated Press

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Former Miami linebacker Willie Williams is transferring to Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, school officials said Monday.

Pearl River coach Tim Hatten said Williams is scheduled to arrive at the school Tuesday.

"Depending on what time he gets here, he will practice with us," Hatten told, which reported early Monday that Williams' transfer was imminent.

Williams asked Miami to release him from his scholarship in July, ending a saga that started in Feb. 2004 -- when his record of 11 arrests was revealed publicly on the same day he signed a letter of intent with the Hurricanes.

He was allowed to enroll at Miami, provided he adhered to strict academic and off-field ground rules. But he never became a starter with the Hurricanes, prompting his search for a new school.

Pearl River won the 2004 NJCAA championship, finished last season ranked No. 3 among junior colleges, and are the top-ranked team in this year's preseason polls.

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