Syracuse's top receiver suspended from university

Updated: June 3, 2008, 1:44 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Syracuse wideout Mike Williams, the Orange's leading receiver last season, has been suspended by the school over an academic issue, the university confirmed Tuesday.

Sue Edson, assistant athletics director for communications, said Williams was not enrolled in school. Head coach Greg Robinson cited privacy laws in not elaborating on Williams' situation.

Williams practiced with the team in the spring and university spokesman Kevin Morrow said he completed the spring semester.

If Williams, a second-team All-Big East Conference selection, does not return for his junior year, it will leave the struggling Orange without their top two offensive threats from 2007. As a team, Syracuse scored 24 touchdowns in 2007, with Williams and Taj Smith accounting for 15 scores.

Williams caught 60 passes for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, including at least one TD catch in a school-record nine straight games. Smith caught 44 passes for 822 yards and five TDs and ranked second in the conference in average yards per catch. He decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and signed a free-agent deal with the Green Bay Packers.

Syracuse went 2-10 in 2007, the second 10-loss season in three years under Robinson, who has been in charge during the only double-digit losing seasons in school history. Robinson's overall record is 7-28.

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