Thirteen Suspended BC Players Done for Season
NEWTON, Mass. (AP) _ The 13 members of Boston College’s football team who were suspended in a gambling investigation will not be allowed to play again this season, school officials announced.
The players were suspended shortly before Boston College lost to Notre Dame last Saturday.
BC announced Monday the suspensions will continue through the season’s two remaining games, against Temple and Miami. The players were told of the decision by the school’s athletic director, Chet Gladchuk.
``They all want to be reinstated to the team and have their suspensions vacated,″ William Keefe, the Boston lawyer who represents some of the players, told the Boston Herald. ``And they all want to play this season for Boston College.″
Keefe told The Boston Globe that he did not expect the players to be expelled from school.
Whether any of the suspended players ever will be reinstated to the team will be decided on a case-by-case basis, the school said.
Two of the 13 players allegedly bet against Boston College in a 45-17 loss to Syracuse on Oct. 26.
Coach Dan Henning has said those two, who were not identified by the school, will not be allowed to return, and BC confirmed Monday that any player who bet on a BC game would not be reinstated.
Sophomore defensive back Kiernan Speight, who was not suspended but felt he had been wrongly accused, returned to the BC campus from his home in Washington, D.C., according to his lawyer, John McBride.
Speight chose not to play in the Notre Dame game, but McBride said his client is ``ready, willing and able to play for his team this weekend against Temple and next weekend at Miami.″
The suspended players are seniors Brian Maye and John Coleman, juniors Scott Dragos, Marcus Bembry, Paul Cary, Chris Cosenza, Steve Everson and Kyle Geiselman, and sophomores Jermaine Monk, Jamall Anderson, Dan Collins, Brandon King and Rob Tardio.
Of those 13, only Dragos and Monk started against Pittsburgh, the only game players implicated in the scandal participated in after the Syracuse game. Monk took the starting spot from Maye, whose season ended after he dislocated an elbow against Syracuse.
At the time the suspensions were announced, Everson was already suspended for refusing to re-enter the Pittsburgh game.
The Eagles (4-6) began their current three-game losing streak in the Syracuse game.
The decision to keep the 13 players off the team for the rest of the season doesn’t figure to have a major impact on the outcome of the remaining games since BC should still be a big favorite over Temple and a huge underdog to Miami.
BC plans to submit a summary of its investigation to the NCAA once it’s completed. That report will contain the school’s recommendations for reinstating suspended players, the school said.
It is against NCAA regulations for college athletes to bet on pro or college sports events.
Last year, Maryland quarterback Scott Milanovich was suspended by the NCAA for eight games for gambling on college basketball. The NCAA later reduced the suspension to four games.
The BC investigation that involved the office of Middlesex County district attorney Thomas Reilly has implicated more athletes than any known probe in college sports.
Rumors of the alleged gambling began swirling after the Syracuse game and intensified after the Eagles, favored by 11 1/2 points, lost 20-13 at Pittsburgh on Oct. 31.
Two days later, Henning and Gladchuk announced the investigation at a late-night news conference.
And last Wednesday, they participated with Reilly at a campus news conference in which the suspensions were disclosed. Reilly said he had found no evidence that any BC players had compromised the outcome of any game.
Reilly said the players had bet from $25 to $1,000 on the World Series, college football or pro football. He added that his office does not plan to file criminal charges, a common decision with misdemeanor gambling.
At the news conference, Gladchuk was noncommittal on whether the school would rescind the scholarships or take further action against the athletes.