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Milanovich gets draft waiver


Maryland quarterback Scott Milanovich, facing an eight-game suspension for violating the NCAA rule against gambling on intercollegiate athletics, won't further jeopardize his eligibility if he seeks to play in the NFL.

Ordinarily, a player who declares himself for the NFL draft forfeits his remaining eligibility, according to NCAA rules.

However, David Berst, the NCAA Director of Enforcement who works with the administrative review committee, told the Washington Post that the NCAA had granted Maryland's request for a waiver in Milanovich's case, pending his appeal of the length of the suspension.

Milanovich has made no comment on the case, but his father said the senior will not make any decisions about his future until the appeal of his suspension is heard by the NCAA Eligibility Committee, possibly as early as this week.

Maryland placed Milanovich on a two-game suspension for gambling infractions, but the NCAA's Eligibility Appeals staff, citing his direct involvement with an off-campus bookmaker, extended that suspension to eight games.

If the Eligibility Committee upholds that decision, Milanovich's father said that his son will leave Maryland, but that a lesser penalty might keep him in college.

According to the Post, Milanovich had not applied for the supplemental draft as of Friday's deadline. Even if he is not included in next Friday's supplemental draft, that would not stop him from seeking employment in the NFL.

In 1987 and 1992, respectively, Ohio State's Cris Carter and Florida's Darren Mickell encountered eligibility problems after the supplemental draft, and the NFL conducted a second supplemental draft. Applications for a supplemental draft are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and the ultimate decision for inclusion is made by commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

Milanovich holds Maryland records for completions (525), touchdown passes (47) and completion percentage (.661), and he was the first-team Atlantic Coast Conference punter in 1993.

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