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."

Reds trade Mercker to Braves
Baseball denies Rose deal
Kearns shelved for rest of season
'Astounding' find from 1869
Reds vs. D-Backs series preview
Mets may have found their own Jeter in Reyes
Furcal turns three to make record book
NL: Houston's Miller outduels Wood
AL: KC outslugs Yanks in first-place battle

Palmer sidelined by injury
Agent: Rookie returns today
Inside training camp
Meet the Bengals: Alex Sulfsted
Powerful Eagles top defenseless Saints 27-17
Alexander measures himself against best
Refreshed Smith assigned to give Cards new outlook
QBs are not Browns' only concern

Wimbledon champ avoids upset here
Moya out in opener collapse
Money, labor issues are spilling over into tennis
Chang bids city a final farewell
Hard-hitting style good for Gonzalez
Blake relishes his role-model opportunities
Spadea has returned, and so has his game
ATP slaps Agassi with $60,000 fine
Masters essentials
Women: Clijsters ends Serena's reign

Clarett meets with Ohio State AD, NCAA
Maryland placed on probation

Butler slams UC, picks Ohio State

Coach's status on board's agenda
Monday's results
Prep sports schedule

Major provides most excitement

'Miracle on Ice' mentor was motivator, innovator

More access sought in Bryant hearing

Tuesday sports on TV, radio