Terps QB confident he'll be eligible

January 27, 1995|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer

Repercussions from the quarterback controversy that engulfed Maryland last season are still being felt.

Scott Milanovich and Kevin Foley battled for the position last September. By the time Milanovich, the full-time starter in 1993, won the job back, both were ready to leave Maryland. Partly as a result of his flirtation with the NFL, Milanovich is on shaky academic ground, and Foley transferred to Boston University.

Even though he withdrew from all of his classes at the end of last semester and needs to pass 18 credits this semester and six more in the summer to be eligible to play as a senior, Milanovich said yesterday that he was confident he could handle that workload.

L "It's not as uphill as everyone makes out," Milanovich said.

Milanovich said the prospect that he would leave early for the NFL and the loss of his starting job affected his academic performance.

"It was a combination of that [the NFL] and having a tough season," Milanovich said. "After everything that happened, I didn't have the focus I needed."

Milanovich said that after the Terps' ninth game, against North Carolina State, he decided it would be his last season at Maryland, but later was advised against doing so.

"The more I looked at it and thought about it, I realized I should stick around. I feel I'm going to have the opportunity to improve my stock."

The NCAA requires that athletes register for 12 credits per semester to participate, and had Milanovich withdrawn from any individual courses, he would have dropped below that minimum. Past the drop date at Maryland, a student must withdraw from all of his courses if he wants to withdraw from even one.

"Every student has the right to withdraw from classes up until the last day of that class," said Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, the Maryland assistant athletic director who oversees academic advising. "But at that point, if you want to withdraw from one class, you have to withdraw from everything. Once you do that, it wouldn't have an effect on your full-time status.

Adams-Gaston said that the NCAA requires student-athletes entering their fourth year of college to be making satisfactory progress and have a 1.9 grade-point average, but that Maryland requires its fourth-year athletes, like Milanovich, to have a 2.0 GPA.

"The issue of satisfactory progress is weighed at the beginning of each school year," Adams-Gaston said. "Everything you've earned in the previous year determines your status for the coming year. It's our policy not to comment on the academic status of our students, but I can tell you he [Milanovich] is in good standing."

Foley, meanwhile, said he was aware of Milanovich's academic situation when he transferred to Boston University.

"If I thought there was a good chance he [Milanovich] wouldn't be able to play next season, I might have stuck around," Foley said from Boston. "I talked to Scott last night [Wednesday]. He'll be fine. When his back's up against the wall, he'll produce."

Foley said his decision to leave Maryland was made in midseason, after Milanovich was named to start against North Carolina.

"I felt I took the job from him [Milanovich]," Foley said. "I went from starting to not playing at all. That was the day I made the decision to leave, if Scott was coming back."

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