Bergan leaves Loyola, but hopes to return in '93 Point guard hurt by academic trouble

April 03, 1992|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Tracy Bergan, the Loyola College point guard for most of the last three seasons, withdrew from the college on March 26 and will not play for the Greyhounds next season. Bergan, who was granted a leave of absence, said he may return to Loyola in September 1993.

A 6-foot-1 junior from Lanham who graduated from De Matha High in 1989, Bergan sat out the second half of his freshman season because of academic difficulties, and struggled again this school year. He stopped attending classes in early March, and personal problems contributed to his decision to leave Loyola, he said.

"I was put off-campus at the beginning of this semester because of a party in my room, but I wasn't even there," Bergan said. "I didn't make a meeting with a student life counselor to discuss the matter, and that was my fault. I was put on probation along with my roommates, and appealed that, but it was turned down. I accepted that.

"I got down on myself, and just lost interest in school. Right now, I need to take some quality courses and get the credits transferred to Loyola. I have to raise my academic record. Right now, going back to Loyola is what I'm thinking about."

The 1993-94 season is the last Bergan could play NCAA Division I basketball. He could transfer to another college and sit out next season there, or return to Loyola in 1993.

As a sophomore at Loyola, Bergan averaged 15.1 points and 5.8 assists, and was a second-team all-star in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. This past season, when Loyola went 14-14 and posted its first non-losing record in five years, Bergan averaged 10.3 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 8.5 assists, tops among state collegians. He started 26 of the Greyhounds' 28 games, and was benched at the start of the other two by Loyola coach Tom Schneider because of academic deficiencies.

His 178 assists were a Loyola single-season record. For his career, Bergan has 787 points and 392 assists. The Greyhounds record for career assists is 424, set by Kevin Robinson from 1971-75.

"He's a good kid and a great player," said Schneider, who is in Minneapolis attending the Final Four. "Everyone involved misses him already, but this is the best thing for Tracy. I've got a soft spot for him because I had problems of my own when I was a freshman and sophomore in college."

Schneider had one big backcourt hole to fill with the graduation of Kevin Green, the No. 2 scorer in Loyola history. With Bergan out and swingman Kevin Anderson's eligibility completed, the Greyhounds' top returning players on the perimeter will be junior Mike Malone and freshman Chad Anderson.

Another freshman guard, Matt Gabriel, played just seven games before sustaining a season-ending injury.

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