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Oct. 9, 2003

Attached are statements from USC Head Basketball Coach Dave Odom and senior basketball player Rolando Howell, regarding Howell’s legal situation which was resolved on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003.

USC Head Coach Dave Odom “I’m pleased that Rolando Howell’s legal situation has been resolved. It has been a difficult period for everyone involved and now we can move into the next stage. The Athletics Department will review the situation and make a determination about Rolando’s status as it pertains to the Gamecock basketball team. While I am very disappointed that Rolando was involved in this incident, I am encouraged by the way he has taken responsibility for his actions.

Rolando Howell Statement “I realize when some people find themselves in the situation I am in they make an apology and the public does not feel they are sincere. Today is not the first time I have apologized. I have apologized to the young lady, my parents, Dr. McGee, Coach Odom and to my team. Today I apologize to the public and the loyal Gamecock supporters. I made a mistake and I am accepting responsibility for my mistake. I will use this as a learning experience and work as hard as I possibly can to be a good citizen and a student-athlete that brings honor to the University of South Carolina.”