The NCAA officially announced the suspensions of Maryland defenseman Casey Connor and offensive coordinator Scott Marr from the Terrapins' first appearance in the 1999 NCAA tournament for unsportsmanlike behavior in the national championship game on May 25.
"We regret the actions of the individuals involved and accept the decision," said Maryland coach Dick Edell in a statement. "It is our intent to uphold the sportsmanship standards set by the NCAA and the University of Maryland."
Connor, a junior from Calvert Hall, will have to miss the Terrapins' first postseason game as a result of throwing a penalty flag at the Princeton band in the fourth quarter of Maryland's 15-5 loss to the Tigers.
Marr, who is in his fourth year with Maryland, will have to sit out as many as two games for inappropriate verbal conduct during the semifinal and championship games. However, Marr was never flagged in any of those games and received a more severe penalty than the one levied in 1993 on North Carolina coach Dave Klarmann, who was disciplined for one game after shoving incident with an official.
The NCAA also publically reprimanded defenseman Brian Reese and attackman Andrew Whipple, both of whom were seniors last season, for their confrontations with officials in the championship game.
"The unacceptable behavior exhibited by Mr. Marr and the student-athletes discredited the Maryland lacrosse program and detracted from a terrific championship," said John Parry, chairman of the 1998 lacrosse committee. "The committee feels strongly that there is no place in college athletics for such behavior."
Pub Date: 12/01/98