Sunday, November 06, 2005

Suspensions Handed Down

Head coach Ralph Friedgen completed their inquiry into the Halloween night melee at a College Park bar that involved several members of the football team. Citing Federal privacy laws they declined to identify the players but it is obvious from news reports that among the suspended players are WR Drew Weatherly, WR Derrick Fenner and RB Keon Lattimore. From the official new release:

A number of the student-athletes have admitted to violating football team rules by breaking curfew or consuming alcoholic beverages. Even though they are of age to consume alcohol, they are required to abstain throughout the season, unless the restriction is specifically lifted by the head coach. These student-athletes who violated team rules will receive an official letter of reprimand. Also, they will be placed on probation if any other violation of the team code of conduct occurs. They will be required to perform 10 hours of community service, and those who were consuming alcoholic beverages will, in addition, lose their complimentary tickets to two upcoming games. Their parents, as well, have been informed that a team policy was violated.
Three student-athletes who are underage have admitted to drinking. They will receive official letters of probation to their student-athlete files and will be dismissed from the team if any other incident occurs. Their parents have been informed. In addition, these student-athletes will lose complimentary tickets to two upcoming games, be required to perform 10 hours of community service and will be required to participate in a ride-along with UMCP police. A suspension from playing time will apply to those in this category who are on the active roster, a sanction imposed on other underage student-athletes for this type of activity.
There were three student-athletes who admitted to being involved in a physical altercation. These student-athletes will be suspended for one game each for violation of team rules. However, all three indicated they acted in self-defense. Two of the three have indicated their intent to file charges against their alleged assailants once their identities are secured. They will also lose complimentary tickets for two upcoming games, will receive official letters of probation to their student-athlete files and will be dismissed from the team if any other incident occurs.

In addition Friedgen threatened to revoke the scholarships of any player who lied during the investigation of the incident. He said it was one of the most difficult things he'd ever done. I applaud the staff for having the courage to do what was right. If anything I think those who were involved with the fight should have received at least a 2 game suspension and no participation in any bowl game if the team qualifies. If these suspensions hurt the team enough that they fail to qualify for a bowl then that is too bad. When players violate team rules and get into fights that send others to the hospital the staff has to respond firmly to get the message across to the players that this will not be tolerated in any way.
Well done, Fridge!

Recruit Updates

Da'Rel Scott had another phenomenal game to carry his team into the playoffs. Scott could be another Bruce Perry but with more speed and explosiveness.

From the Times Herald:

Scott gave plenty on this night. He ran for a single-game career-high 312 yards with three rushing touchdowns. He also caught two balls and scored a fourth TD through the air.
"The old Wing-T coach giving it to one guy 29 times, how about that?," Iacovitti joked. "When you have a guy like that, you ought to use him."
With the big night, Scott now has run for 2,440 yards on the year, leaving him just 52 yards shy of the area record, set last year by Lansdale Catholic's R.C. Lagomarsino.

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