Maryland Player, Ex-Player in Deal
Sep. 14, 2000
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) _ A Maryland football player and a former player involved in a dorm room fight have agreed to a deal in which burglary and assault charges against them will be dropped.
Scott Smith and Jamar Perrin must perform 50 hours of community service and stay out of trouble the next three years as part of the agreement with the district court for Prince George's County.
Smith, a redshirt freshman defensive lineman, and Perrin, a former defensive lineman, had been charged in connection with a fight with another student they believed had stolen a bicycle.
Smith, who remains at the university and continues to play football, also must perform 20 hours of community service required by the university. Perrin said he is attending Prince George's Community College and hopes to re-enroll at Maryland.
``We feel like there had been appropriate action,'' said Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden, adding Smith also had been disciplined by the coaching staff. ``I am ready to see Scott move on from this.''
Two other players, Andrew Smith and Michael Whaley, still face charges. Another former player, Ed Simms, pleaded guilty last month to assault and received one year of unsupervised probation.