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UMass Dismisses Forward Briggs

October 12, 2002

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) _ Forward Stephen Briggs, who was suspended indefinitely last week, was dismissed from the Massachusetts basketball team for an unspecified violation of team rules, coach Steve Lappas said Friday.

The school announced on Oct. 3 that Briggs had been suspended.

Lappas said Briggs, a freshman from Houston, will withdraw from the university and return home.

``After a careful and complete review of the facts, all parties involved thought it best that Stephen leave the team,″ Lappas said. ``This was a very difficult decision to make, but one that I thought was necessary.″

Briggs, averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds as a senior at Houston’s Westside High School. He signed with UMass during the 2001 early signing period, selecting the Minutemen over Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Texas.

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