R. Costa not returning

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Time to tie up one of the lingering loose ends of the season.

Linebacker Rick Costa, who was suspended indefinitely after a Nov. 8 arrest, will not rejoin Maryland for the Humanitarian Bowl against Nevada on Dec. 30.

Costa was initially charged with one count of first-degree assault (a felony) and two counts of second-degree assault (which are misdemeanors). The first-degree charge was reduced to a second-degree count earlier this week.

With no pending felony charges, Costa was permitted to come back to the Terrapins. But he contacted coach Ralph Friedgen today to inform him he would not be part of the bowl preparations.

“Costa’s decided not to rejoin the team,” Friedgen said. “He called me today and I understand. … I think he’s kind of a little bit embarrassed by the whole thing, and he really doesn’t want any more attention. He probably could help us, but it was whatever he decided to do. He had the opportunity to come back and he didn’t want to.”

Patrick Stevens

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