UM officials probe fraternity incident

March 02, 1992|By Lou Ferrara | Lou Ferrara,Contributing Writer Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun's sports staff contributed to this article.

COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland football officials are investigating possible team violations after an incident at a fraternity house early yesterday morning, university officials said.

"None of our players has been arrested," Maryland coach Mark Duffner said. "All I'm planning to do right now is find out if any team rules have been violated."

University spokeswoman Katherine Costello said: "There have been allegations [of football players' being involved], but there's no proof at this time."

University and Prince George's County police responded to a call for a break-in at the Sigma Chi fraternity at 3 a.m. yesterday, Costello said. University police arrested two people not affiliated with the university. Ross D. Campbell, 19, of Beltsville and Christian Marc Cooper, 20, of Havertown, Pa., were charged with breaking and entering. Campbell was released, and Cooper was being held on $500 bond last night.

Representatives of the fraternity declined to comment.

Duffner met with his team during halftime at yesterday's Maryland-North Carolina basketball game, two football players said.

"The police are investigating," athletic director Andy Geiger said last night. "There is not a cover-up. Nobody has anything to hide."

The incident follows another last week, in which linebacker Tom Jerome was involved in what Prince George's County police called "a minor disturbance" with a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.

The investigation comes two months into Duffner's tenure as Maryland coach. He replaced Joe Krivak, who resigned Dec. 7.

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