Upon entering his Tuesday press conference, Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen quickly got into reading a prepared statement about senior linebacker Rick Costa‘s “off-campus incident” this weekend.
The question upon learning of Costa’s three assault charges —- one a first-degree offense, the other two second-degree offenses —- is what exactly Friedgen was going to do as a form of punishment.
It wasn’t much of a secret if you know where to look, namely the athletic department’s student-athlete code of conduct.
(The file is a bear to load, but go down to page 27 of 255 to get the thrust of what’s relevant in this case).
For those without the patience to download this, here’s the parts specific to Costa’s situation:
A. A student-athlete shall be suspended immediately from playing and practice
privileges if he or she:
1. is charged with a felony which is defined as a crime of violence
under Article 27, Section 643B of the Annotated Code of Maryland
(hereinafter referred to as a “Felony Crime of Violence”).
Costa, of course, is facing a felony assault charge after he was accused of punching a policeman in the face. And unless that charge happens to disappear or is reduced or resolved in the next month and a half, then Costa has almost certainly played his final game with the Terrapins.
—- Patrick Stevens