By Will Kimmey
February 3, 2005
Junior righthander Sam LeCure, the likely Friday starter for Texas, will not play this season.
LeCure was dismissed from the university for violating his academic probation during the fall semester. A federal judge on Wednesday ruled against forcing Texas to re-admit him for this semester.
“I let a lot of people down, my teammates and my family for the most part,” LeCure told the Austin American-Statesman. “My career is not over; I hope to pitch in orange and white again someday.”
LeCure went 14-3 in his Longhorns career, including 9-3, 2.34 in 2004, serving as the Saturday starter on a team that advanced to the championship round of the College World Series.
“Sam has made tremendous contributions to the baseball program here at the University of Texas both through his performance and the spirit he brought to his team,” coach Augie Garrido said in a statement. “He will be missed by his teammates and our entire staff.
“We are confident that Sam’s character will help him overcome the adversity he is facing and profit from the difficult experience that has come into his life because of these recent events. Hopefully, he will find that his future is still at the university, but whatever he and his family determine is best, is what we want for Sam.”
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound LeCure ranks as the No. 51 college prospect for the draft, meaning he could be selected in the first five rounds in June.
Senior lefthander Buck Cody will replace LeCure in the rotation, joining sophomore righthanders Kyle McCulloch and Randy Boone.