Terps announce suspension of two

Moye-Moore, Smith out indefinitely after being arrested in Feb.

College Football

April 07, 2001|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Six weeks after Maryland football players Marlon Moye-Moore and Andrew Smith were arrested on charges of assault and robbery, coach Ralph Friedgen announced their suspensions this week.

The indefinite suspensions of starting linebacker Moye-Moore and reserve cornerback Smith came after their arrests Feb. 23. They are accused of beating and robbing a Baltimore man at a Hyattsville nightclub, according to court records.

Friedgen revealed the suspensions Thursday, but didn't elaborate. Smith and Moye-Moore - charged on March 19 - were unavailable for comment. No trial date has been set, but their cases have been moved up from district court to circuit court in Prince George's County.

"Any further discussion regarding their status would be made once their situations are resolved," Friedgen said.

Moye-Moore should be a senior next season and hasn't missed a start since 1998. Among the charges against him are: robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and theft of less than $500. If convicted, he faces up to 61 1/2 years in prison and $6,000 in fines.

Smith, who played at Meade High, is scheduled to play as a junior for the 2001 season and played in nine games last season. He is facing charges of second-degree assault, conspiracies to commit robbery and second-degree assault, theft of less than $500 and conspiracy to commit theft of less than $500. If convicted, he faces up to 53 years in prison.

Because they were charged with a felony, the university's code of conduct for athletes mandates an automatic suspension of playing privileges, though both remain in school. The Terrapins play their first game on Sept. 1.

Smith implicated Moye-Moore in the incident, police said. Smith has previous charges of fourth-degree burglary and second-degree assault dating to 1999. Court records show that those charges were dropped when he agreed to perform 50 hours of community service.

Moye-Moore's 108 tackles last season were the team's second-highest total behind E. J. Henderson's 109. Moye-Moore, Henderson and Aaron Thompson comprise what could be one of the best linebacking corps in the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

So far, Leon Joe and Reggie Lewis are taking turns playing in Moye-Moore's outside linebacker spot, while the possible absence of Smith - a backup for Tony Okanlowon - would mean an opportunity for redshirt freshman Raymond Custis and incoming freshman Domonique Foxworth from Western Tech.

NOTES: Men's basketball coach Gary Williams said that a basketball scholarship for Calvin McCall would not be forthcoming until this summer.

McCall, who started two seasons at quarterback for the football team, reportedly told Friedgen earlier this week that he was leaving to accept a basketball scholarship offered by Williams.

But Williams left things open, saying of McCall: "He's on football scholarship until June. After that, we'll talk." ...

For the first time in a decade, the color scheme for the Terrapins' football uniforms will incorporate no black.

This fall, Maryland will wear red jerseys and white pants at home and white jerseys and red pants on the road, while keeping the same general design as last year. In 2002, the Terps will adopt a futuristic uniform style similar to that used by the University of Miami and the NFL's Denver Broncos.

Sun staff writer Gary Lambrecht and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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