Transfer won't mean forfeits for W. Md. Conference, NCAA believe no rules broken

November 01, 1997|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The use of a transfer player from Wesley (Del.) College will not cause unbeaten Western Maryland College to forfeit its seven football victories, Centennial Conference executive secretary Steve Ulrich said last night.

Ulrich said that he and the NCAA are satisfied that neither Green Terror coach Tim Keating nor any representative of the school did anything to encourage the Westminster-area player to transfer to Western Maryland this season.

Ulrich said he spoke with the NCAA's director of legislative services, Athena Yiamouyiannis, yesterday and gave her the details of the transfer.

"She assured me there were no violations of NCAA regulations," said Ulrich. "The big issue was whether there was any encouragement to transfer from anybody at Western Maryland. The whole thing gets a little sticky at that point, but both myself and the NCAA believe there was no wrongdoing and will not pursue the matter any further."

The situation was created by the athlete's failure to get a release from Wesley before enrolling at Western Maryland, a procedure he was instructed to follow by Keating last summer when he contacted the coach.

The player enrolled at Western Maryland and showed up for the first day of practice as a walk-on.

"Tim Keating recognized the player as the one who had talked to him about transferring," said Ulrich. "But since the coach had not had any contact with the player or encouraged him since the original conservation, he did not break any rules."

Keating did not want to comment last night, and Western Maryland officials were referring any questions to Ulrich.

The NCAA rule reads: "No athletic staff member or other representative of the institution's athletic interests shall make contact with a student-athlete of another four-year institution directly or indirectly without first obtaining written permission of the first institution's athletic director. If permission is not granted, the second institution shall not encourage the transfer."

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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