The Washington Times - November 6, 2007, 03:25PM

\ It happened in April and it’s costing Maryland in November.\


\ Both projected starters will miss Sunday’s season opener against North Florida and return the next day against either Tulsa or Hampton.\

\ “Historically, this has been the penalty,” coach Gary Williams said. “If you play an unsanctioned game, you miss a game.”\

\ The unsanctioned game violated NCAA bylaw 14.7.2. And while Williams was clearly irked that “a source close to the athletic department” informed media outlets of the looming suspension, he did not hammer his two players.\

\ “This is a mistake that has nothing to do with their character or any disrespect for anyone,” Williams said. “It’s just one of those things that’s a tough lesson to learn.”\

\ —- Patrick Stevens