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ECU Suspends Football Player after Arrest

By Jasmine Spencer, Reporter
Published On: Jul 19 2012 01:22:04 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 20 2012 03:35:24 PM CDT
PITT COUNTY -

East Carolina has suspended nose tackle Terry Williams indefinitely from the football team following his arrest on drug charges.

Coach Ruffin McNeill made the announcement Thursday.

It came one day after the school said McNeill and athletic department officials were made aware of the player's arrest. Police in Simpson arrested Williams on Wednesday night on charges of possession of marijuana and intent to sell.

McNeill says he suspended Williams "as a result of a poor decision and conduct that is certainly not in line with the standards we have in place at East Carolina."

Director Dr. Maggie Olszewska of Students Right & Responsibilities said based on Williams' type of charges he could face suspension from the University as well.

"In a case where a student has the intent to sell or distribute drugs,suspension would be imposed for a full semester from ECU and the student would be required to counseling off campus and provide a drug test before enrollment," Olszewska said.

Williams was listed as the top backup at nose tackle. He had 31 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2011.

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An East Carolina University football player faces drug charges after a traffic stop in Simpson on Wednesday.

Sophomore and nose tackle Terry Williams was arrested and charged Wednesday night after police said he was smoking marijuana in his car.

Chief John Waters with Simpson Police Department said he stopped Williams Wednesday night around 10 p.m. when he noticed William weaving on Black Jack-Simpson Rd. with a broken tail light.

Chief Waters said he could smell a strong odor of marijuana when he approached the car. Williams admitted to smoking inside on his way to North Campus Crossing from Havelock but said there weren't any more drugs in the car.

Chief Waters found a ziploc bag with 13 grams of marijuana in the glove box.

Williams was booked into the Pitt County Detention Center around 11:10 p.m. Wednesday under a $2500 bond for felony possession with the intent to sell.

Williams posted bail Thursday; he is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 2.