Senior James Gist and sophomore Landon Milbourne will miss the opening game against North Florida on Sunday after playing in an unsanctioned basketball game in April. The game was a 5-on-5 tournament in Ocean City. The rules are very clear about not playing in these kinds of events so I'm surprised Gist and Milbourne made this mistake. They probably got talked into it by someone who should have known better. Before you say "Here we go again" this isn't a sign of an underlying problem. They made a mistake, like North Carolina's Raymond Felton did a few years ago when he was also suspended for a opening game, and after Maryland beats North Florida it will be forgotten. Not the way you want to begin the season, I'll grant you that.
It is always nice to hear that there were decent folks at this tournament who ratted out the two players to the NCAA immediately. Maybe we can get some of these honest people to take a visit to UConn or Syracuse. Also nice to hear that the Athletic Department still has a bunch of clowns on staff. I was worried that they may have hired some competent people in the off season. The basketball team wanted to withhold the announcement until Saturday but somebody who wanted to appear important with the media leaked the news. Well done, jackass.
You always want your players to get as much game experience as possible and with only two games until the Terps play UCLA, assuming they take care of business, it isn't a great time to be suspended. It will give some of the freshmen more playing time if you want a silver lining. Maryland plays Concordia tonight in an exhibition game. With Michigan State and Ohio State losing exhibition games the last few days it isn't one to overlook.