MEAC suspends 4 from Coppin

February 04, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference suspended four Coppin State players Thursday and two from North Carolina A&T for their actions in a brawl after Saturday's game.

The Eagles' Jeanine Manley, Crystal Whittington, Leola Spotwood and Jaleah Holsey each were suspended one game. Manley, Whittington and Spotwood each served their suspension by sitting out Monday against Norfolk State under a one-game, school-imposed suspension. Holsey will serve her suspension against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.

"Just as we supported the decision of our institution in the suspension of the student-athletes for the Norfolk State game, we also support the conference in its suspension of our student-athlete for the Bethune-Cookman game," coach Derek Brown said. "I believe we handled the situation in the best manner possible, and we are moving forward."

Said MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas: "It is unfortunate that this incident occurred, but we expect our student-athletes, coaches and other athletic personnel to demonstrate good sportsmanship before, during and after each contest."

The North Carolina A&T players will serve out their one-game suspensions in the team's next game against Delaware State, on Saturday.


Coppin State junior forward Antonio Williams was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 10.5points and 16.5 rebounds during two conference victories, and Eagles freshman forward Larrisa Carter was named MEAC Rookie of the Week after averaging 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two contests.

La Salle senior forward Steve Weingarten (Catonsville) was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One District II Academic All-America University Division first team for the second straight season. Joining him is Towson guard Brian Morris, a graduate student. Johns Hopkins junior Tim McCarty made the College Division first team, and Johns Hopkins forward Siobhan Callanan earned a spot on the women's third team.

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