Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Maryland placed on probation



The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Maryland was placed on one year of probation by the NCAA on Monday because an assistant football coach committed a "major" violation by giving money to a high school recruit.

The NCAA's infractions committee determined that coach Rod Sharpless gave heralded prospect Victor Abiamiri cash in amounts ranging from $5 to $200 five different times in order to gain an edge in the recruiting competition.

The committee found another coach, Al Seamonson, gave a player a T-shirt and hat worth $20, a move the NCAA deemed a "secondary" infraction.

But Maryland escaped serious punishment for the violations by forcing Sharpless to resign and ending any contact with both players.

Under the probation terms, Maryland will have to develop an educational program on NCAA rules and make periodic reports to the association.

"I think the NCAA recognizes that we have institutional control here," head coach Ralph Friedgen said. "There was no effort to deceive the NCAA."




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