Navy's Pritchard off team

April 25, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

Navy wide receiver Tom Pritchard, receptions leader the past two seasons, has been dismissed from the football team and faces expulsion from the academy for an honors code violation, the Naval Academy said.

Cmdr. Mike John, an academy spokesman, refused to release details of the action, citing the Privacy Act. But an academy source said that Pritchard's violation was the use of a false identification while in Florida during spring break.

According to the source, Pritchard allegedly tried to enter a bar in South Florida with a false identification, and the matter was reported to the academy.

There was no connection with the cheating scandal in which Rear Adm. Thomas Lynch, the academy superintendent, has recommended the expulsion of six midshipmen for violating the honor code in the theft of an electrical engineering exam.

Pritchard has been barred from all extra-curricular activities pending a possible appeal.

Pritchard had 30 receptions for 404 yards and four touchdowns last season. As a plebe, Pritchard had 35 catches for 569 yards and two touchdowns.

The 6-foot, 182-pound economics major from Hilton Head, S.C., caught passes in 20 of his 22 games and his 65 career receptions is just two short of the top 10 in career receiving.

"That was an academy ruling -- that's not in my hands," said Navy coach George Chaump. "We don't dispute any ruling the academy makes."

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