Four Terrapin football players and one ex-player linked to frat house break-in

March 26, 1992|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Four University of Maryland football players and a former player have been accused of breaking into an off-campus fraternity house, and have been served criminal summonses within the past two days.

Starting junior wide receiver Marcus Badgett, 22, and redshirt freshman reserve center Paul Gunsser, 20, were served Tuesday, along with senior Joel Goode, 22. Goode, a former outside linebacker, is no longer on the team. His eligibility expired after last season.

Reserves Dan Prunzik, 21, a junior wide receiver, and freshman defensive end Mike Rodgers, 19, received notices Monday, campus police said.

The five will have to attend preliminary hearings. Dates were not available.

All are accused of breaking into the Sigma Chi house in the 4600 block of Norwich Ave. on March 1 about 3 a.m. Items were damaged and several members of the fraternity were slightly injured, university police said.

University police made two arrests at the scene, but neither person was affiliated with the school. Ross D. Campbell, 19, of Beltsville and Christian Marc Cooper, 20, of Havertown, Pa., were charged with breaking and entering.

"This [the summons] means the officer has probable cause that the person has committed some crime, something to connect those people with this crime," said Richard Doran, a campus police spokesman.

Gunsser also was charged with three counts of battery. Goode was charged with one count.

Harvey Silverman, an attorney and regional director for Sigma Chi, said last week that the fraternity had received a check for $3,500 for damages, but he did not know the source of the money.

"I was concerned with the damages that were done to the furniture and a trophy case, and more or less, the damages were covered," said Silverman. "Any personal damage charges are up to the individual."

Mark Duffner, who was named Maryland's football coach in late December, said last week that the money did not come from the team's budget or from within the athletic department. Duffner said he believed the money came from the two people who were arrested.

Maryland athletic director Andy Geiger said he will not interfere with the investigation or any type of punishment.

"I don't believe in double jeopardy," said Geiger. "Any student-athlete involved has to be responsible for his or her own actions, just like any other student or person."

Duffner said last night: "I really don't know anything about it except an investigation is going on. I'll keep investigating, and we'll have to go from there."

This is at least the second reported incident involving Maryland football players within the past month. A week before the incident at Sigma Chi, several players were involved in what Prince George's County police called "a minor disturbance" with a member of Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity.

Asked whether he experienced such problems at Holy Cross, Duffner said: "Things occur in a lot of places, either here at Maryland or someplace else. It could happen anyplace, but it doesn't necessarily make it right."

NOTES: Starting CB Scott Rosen (back, hamstring), RB Mark Mason (broken leg) and OT Steve Ingram (broken leg) will participate in spring practice beginning Saturday, despite missing most of last season with injuries. . . . Duffner said freshmen Mike Lacy (defensive back), Kevin Washington (tight end) and Sharrod Mack (tight end/defensive tackle) will be held out because of academic problems.

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