- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 3, 2005

Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen said yesterday he will wait until a police investigation into a bar fight involving several of his players progresses before deciding on any disciplinary action and indicated some players could file charges of their own.

According to Prince George’s County Police, several Terrapins were involved in a melee at the Cornerstone Grill and Loft shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday. No arrests have been made in the case, though police said they are investigating the groping of a female patron as an assault.

“I think I have an obligation to my players and to you people to be accurate as opposed to just reacting to something and being wrong. That would be my fault,” Friedgen said. “There is going to be an investigation for this. I think the police are privy to some things that I’m not privy to, so I don’t know if I’ll have the whole story then. But I want to be accurate before I start handing down sanctions.”

All players asked about the brawl yesterday declined to comment.

Friedgen, who learned of the incident at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday and arrived in College Park 20 minutes later, said he has reviewed the statements of Cornerstone bouncers to police and has talked with patrons and players who were present. The coach said he hoped to make some disciplinary decisions “soon” and said he was “disappointed” his players were involved in the fight.

However, the coach suggested some players could press charges because of the fracas.

“I think some of my players are going to file charges,” Friedgen said. “That’s why it’s not black and white like everyone says it is.”

Meanwhile, quarterback Sam Hollenbach said he could undergo surgery after the season to repair his separated collarbone. Friedgen said team doctors said Hollenbach might not need surgery if the injury scars over properly. Neither Hollenbach nor Friedgen knew if the quarterback would be ready for spring practice if he undergoes surgery.

Hollenbach, whose injury limits his ability to rotate his non-throwing shoulder, took limited snaps in practice yesterday. Friedgen said he was encouraged by how Hollenbach practiced and hopes the junior would be ready when Maryland (4-4, 2-3 ACC) visits North Carolina on Nov. 12 if he doesn’t get hit again.

Notes — Wide receiver Drew Weatherly missed practice to see doctors, but Friedgen declined to reveal the junior’s injury. … Friedgen said tailback Keon Lattimore (shoulder) would be held out of contact drills for another week, he hopes the sophomore is available against North Carolina. …

Safety Milton Harris has no symptoms of a concussion suffered Saturday at Florida State and could run today, Friedgen said.

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