Five Terps are eligible again

September 02, 1993|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Staff Writer

Five football players have been cleared to participate in Saturday's opener against Virginia, but as part of the process of restoring their eligibility, Maryland admitted to a secondary rules violation that will be addressed by a member of the NCAA infractions committee. No significant penalty, if any, is expected.

Superbacks Mark Mason and Doug Burnett, wide receiver Andrew Carter, cornerback Gene Green and defensive lineman Sharrod Mack were cleared to play yesterday by the NCAA, which on Monday was asked by the Maryland athletic department to look into the players being overpaid in an on-campus summer jobs program.

Athletic director Andy Geiger said the players' accounts with the Maryland physical plant's payroll office were evened last week. In order to end the matter and not jeopardize the players' status, Maryland declared them ineligible and reported an excessive benefits rules violation to the NCAA, asking the eligibility committee to clear them to play.

"Any time a violation includes some institutional responsibility, it has to be reviewed by a member of the infractions committee," said David Berst, NCAA director of enforcement. "Based on the action taken by the eligibility staff, it's a secondary violation, not a major violation. If it's a secondary matter, it's unlikely that any action of significance would be taken."

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