BC team dismisses ex-Loyola star Smith

College Football

April 24, 2008|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER

Former Loyola High defensive lineman Brady Smith has been dismissed from the Boston College football team after his arraignment on charges that he gained access to a residence hall and assaulted a female student early Saturday morning.

Smith, 20, was being held on $50,000 cash bail, but his attorney, Philip Tracy, said the Finksburg native has been released.

Boston College issued a three-sentence statement yesterday announcing that football coach Jeff Jagodzinski had "permanently" dismissed Smith, a junior who started 12 games last season. A spokesman said the university would have no further comment.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, Smith pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of breaking and entering at night with the intent to commit a felony rape.

Authorities said that Smith entered the 21-year-old victim's residence hall shortly after 4 a.m. and proceeded to her room, where he sexually assaulted her as she slept before fleeing the scene.

Boston College police officers later identified Smith as the alleged assailant, and investigators detected a strong odor of alcohol on him during their initial interview with him, authorities said.

Smith, a two-time All-Metro selection and The Sun's Defensive Player of the Year in 2003, has been ordered to return to court May 19.

"I can't comment on the facts in this case except the facts will be in dispute," Tracy said. "The versions are totally different. We're going to investigate the use of alcohol by all parties involved. That's the trigger that often causes problems like this.

"And the sad part is this kid comes from a world-class family, the typical American family, and has not been any sort of a disciplinary problem for Boston College. There's no history of anything like this. We're going to scrutinize this and defend him and go forward.

"He and his family are devastated, as any family would be with allegations like this."

Tracy said the charges against Smith carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, "but this is not something that would ever approach that sort of thing," he said. "It would never come to fruition that something like that would happen."

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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