NCAA places Maryland football on one-year probation

Updated: August 11, 2003, 4:38 PM ET

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland - The NCAA on Monday placed the Maryland football program on one-year probation for recruiting violations, but no significant sanctions were assessed.

The NCAA's infractions committee determined that former Maryland assistant coach Rod Sharpless provided $335 to a prospective student-athlete. The school escaped more severe punishment by conducting its own investigation and forcing Sharpless to resign.

"We are pleased that the NCAA recognized our early intervention in this matter and took into consideration the institution's clear and decisive actions," said Maryland president Dr. C.D. Mote Jr. "We accept the public reprimand and one-year probation, and we are pleased the committee found it unnecessary to impose any additional penalties."

Despite the probation, Maryland will still be able to participate in a postseason bowl game and did not lose any scholarships.

However, after the probation is over, any future infractions by Maryland will be subject to NCAA repeat offender rules.

There were two violations cited by the committee of infractions. The first included two improper contacts to a recruit during non-contact periods, as well as inducements to a recruit totaling $335 provided in seperate instances.

In the same document, the NCAA made note of the voluntary actions of the institution as related to assistant coach Al Seamonson, who provided a hat and tee-shirt to the father of a recruit.

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