Loyola's door stays open for absent McDonald

January 06, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko and Alan Goldstein | Roch Eric Kubatko and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

Loyola College athletic director Joe Boylan said he expects a decision from John McDonald sometime "in the next 48 hours" on whether the sophomore guard will return to school and the basketball team.

Boylan drove to the home of McDonald's parents in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on Thursday for a meeting that lasted around two hours. Boylan said he couldn't comment on what took place because "I told him I would remain silent until I talked to him in the next couple of days. That was my agreement with him."

McDonald, who could not be reached for comment, called coach Brian Ellerbe on Christmas night to say he was leaving school for personal reasons. He didn't accompany the team to Oakland, Calif., for a tournament last week, and missed Thursday night's 80-78 victory over St. Joseph's.

Ellerbe has said he would allow McDonald to return to the team.

McDonald was averaging 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists, and was playing 30 minutes per game in his second season as a starter.

Stephens quits Navy

Sophomore Greg Stephens, who had been projected as a starting guard this season, has resigned from the Naval Academy, public affairs officer Scott Allen said yesterday.

Stephens, a native of Adrian, Mich., played in only three games for the Midshipmen this year before he was placed on suspension under the academy's administration conduct system.

No specific charges were made. Coach Don DeVoe said "it was strictly a Brigade matter."

The loss of Stephens leaves DeVoe with a shortage of experienced ball-handling guards, forcing junior Brian Walker to play more than 30 minutes a game.

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