Friday, June 15, 2007

McLean dismissed

It’s been a tumultuous two months for New Haven’s Brandon McLean.

A soft-spoken and humble junior wide receiver for the University of Connecticut football team, McLean was arrested twice in a four-day span in April by campus police and charged with breach of peace.

On Friday, the news got worse. McLean was dismissed by the university for undisclosed reasons. A source close to the situation said it was an academic dismissal. Calls from the Register to McLean’s New Haven home went unanswered.

McLean, a former standout at Hyde, was arrested on April 18 after a dispute at a campus dorm and charged with threatening, criminal trespass and breach of peace. Three days later, he was arrested again outside the campus police department after a fight with Dexter Royes, a 47-year old New Britain man. McLean was again charged with breach of peace.

Last week, a Rockville Superior Court judge continued McLean’s case to July 26. In response to the arrests, UConn head coach Randy Edsall suspended McLean for the first three games of the upcoming season for conduct unbecoming a football player.

On Friday, sources said, Edsall received word of McLean’s grades from the spring semester. The decision to dismiss, however, came not from Edsall but from the university.

McLean, a starter as a sophomore, saw his playing time diminish last fall. After starting the first four games, he moved to a back-up role before a broken ankle ended his season in November. He finished with three receptions for 41 yards.

Extra points

In other team news released Friday, offensive lineman Andrew Presnell has quit the team and backup cornerback Darren McKahn has decided to transfer. Robert McClain, a backup running back who played mainly on special teams last season, will move to cornerback for the upcoming season. McClain is also in line to become the team’s punt returner.


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