Coppin standout Saunders dismissed from team for unspecified rules violation COLLEGE BASKETBALL

April 09, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

Coppin State forward Tariq Saunders, who last month helped the Eagles to the NCAA tournament, has been dismissed from the team "for a violation of team rules," coach Fang Mitchell said.

Mitchell would not say what the violation involved. Saunders' scholarship will not be revoked, and he will be allowed to stay enrolled as a student next season, Mitchell said.

Saunders, a native of Linden, N.J., was away from campus for spring break and could not be reached for comment.

A 6-foot-6 junior forward, Saunders was a second-team Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Star for the second straight season, helping lead Coppin to a 22-8 record and the MEAC title.

As a sophomore, he led the team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.8). But he spent most of this past season as a reserve, still managing to repeat as Coppin's leading rebounder (5.7) and finish second on the team in scoring (12.9).

One of the team's most versatile players, he was effective inside and out for the Eagles, who lost to Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

It marks the second straight year that Mitchell has dismissed an all-conference player from the team. A year ago forward James Mazyck, a second-team All-MEAC pick last year and the league's Rookie of the Year for the 1990-91 season, was dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules.

Mazyck's 13.1-point average during the 1991-92 season was second only to Saunders.

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