Maryland forward Keith Booth was found in violation of an NCAA bylaw for the purchase of a ticket to a Chicago Bulls playoff game last spring, but will miss no games, the university announced last night.
A release issued by Maryland's legal department said Booth will be required to donate $50, the face value of the ticket, to the charity of his choice. The release said he did not lose his eligibility because he was unaware -- and had no way of knowing -- that the ticket had been purchased by a family friend through a sports agent, a violation of bylaw 184.108.40.206.
The bylaw makes a player ineligible to compete if a friend or relative accepts a benefit from any person who wishes to represent him in the marketing of his athletic ability.
The ticket was purchased by Jeremiah Dickens, a close friend of the Booth family and his summer league coach, through sports agent David Falk. The release said Falk said he has no interest in representing Booth.
The NCAA advised Maryland to declare Booth ineligible, but athletic director Debbie Yow requested immediate restoration. NCAA director of eligibility Carrie Doyle restored Booth's eligibility on the condition he donate face value of one ticket to charity.