UM women grievances to be heard Basketball team members presented list 2 weeks ago

March 17, 1997|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,SUN STAFF

University of Maryland athletic officials are expected to meet with members of the women's basketball team this week to discuss a list of complaints the players presented to the department two weeks ago.

Pat Nicol, an assistant athletic director and senior women's administrator, said she and Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, the department's assistant AD for student services, met with several players after their loss to Duke in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Nicol and the players agreed to meet again after Maryland's season had been completed. The Terps (18-10) received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament and were seeded ninth in the Mideast Regional, but they were eliminated by Purdue in the first round Friday, 74-48.

Sources close to team members said the players met with Nicol and Adams-Gaston for 90 minutes and presented a six-page list of concerns and complaints regarding the program.

Nicol would not disclose what was discussed but said team members did not present demands regarding the job status of coach Chris Weller or her staff.

"It's not an uncommon occurrence for athletes to go to the administration," Nicol said last night. "The administration will be meeting with the student-athletes to discuss these issues. We want to address this and not have it sit there. We need to bring this to closure and decide on an appropriate course of action."

Over 22 seasons, coach Chris Weller has a record of 432-208, winning eight ACC tournament championships and reaching 11 NCAA tournaments and three Final Fours. This year's team, predicted to finish sixth in the ACC before the season, tied for third with a 9-7 league mark, winning its last two regular-season games to earn a tournament berth.

However, Weller's tenure has been marked by minor controversies, including a 1986 NCAA recruiting violation, and player transfers and withdrawals. Kim McCray, a promising freshman guard from Capitol Heights, left the team after seven games this season. Weller said McCray had lost interest in playing college basketball.

Neither Weller nor members of the team could be reached for comment last night.

Pub Date: 3/17/97

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