Terps deny violating video rule

June 09, 1994|By Jamison Hensley and Lori Van Lonkhuyzen

Maryland women's lacrosse coach Cindy Timchal denied yesterday that a championship rules violation was committed during the 1993 national semifinals.

An unidentified coach informed the NCAA that the Terps videotaped the Final Four games at Byrd Stadium last year, which would violate championship standards but not NCAA rules.

"It's only an allegation by one coach who thought I had a videotape," Timchal said. "I have no videotape."

According to Timchal, the championship handbook is also ambiguous on the rules of videotaping. It doesn't state when videotaping is allowed, but it prohibits "videotape exchange."

Maryland associate athletic director Sue Tyler said no NCAA violations were committed, but that the NCAA alleges a less serious championship policy breach did occur. Tyler said the NCAA asked her not to comment on the nature of the policy breach, which occurred in May 1993, but that the university had reviewed the incident.

"We found nothing to corroborate what was alleged," Tyler said. "It was reviewed by our committee and we sent a report to [the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Sport Committee]. The ball's in their court."

The only infraction in the program's history occurred in 1991, Timchal's first season. The Terps had to forfeit one game after players modeled for a student publication fashion supplement, which breaks NCAA athlete endorsement rules. Maryland voluntarily reported that incident.

In four years at Maryland, Timchal has guided the Terps to a 53-7 record (.883 winning percentage), a national championship in 1992 and two second-place finishes.

Timchal has coached for 13 years.

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