Statement from Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber
Feb. 16, 2007; 11:30 a.m.
Champaign, Ill. - "It has been mutually agreed upon between myself and Jamar Smith and his family, that he sit out the remainder of this season so that he can focus all of his attention on the physical, emotional, academic and other related issues he will face in the coming weeks. As I said Wednesday, this is a very difficult time for Jamar. Our coaches, players and program will continue to support him as he deals with this situation."