Terps expect no major sanctions for recruiting violation

Updated: August 7, 2003, 3:26 PM ET

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow expects the school to avoid significant NCAA sanctions over a suspected recruiting violation in February.

The school hired outside consultants to conduct an investigation after then-assistant football coach Rod Sharpless allegedly provided $335 to prospective recruit Victor Abiamiri.

The school fired the coach, reported its findings to the NCAA, and ceased actively recruiting Abiamiri.

A report in Thursday's editions of The Washington Post said the NCAA infractions committee is expected to announce as early as next week that the violation is a "major infraction."

In a meeting with the NCAA on June 13 in Kansas City, Maryland officials presented evidence on why the situation should be labeled secondary. The evidence included a comparative analysis of other situations labeled as secondary; the isolated nature of the incident; and the swift and decisive remedial actions taken by the university.

According to Yow, the NCAA staff commended the university on the thoroughness and speed of its review, and on the actions it took in response.

"We have not received a response from the committee, and we have no reason to believe that any significant sanctions for the football program will occur, regardless of how the committee characterizes its findings," Yow said.

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