3 Mountain State Players Are Suspended
Sep. 25, 2003
BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) _ Three Mountain State University basketball players facing federal drug charges have been indefinitely suspended from the team, coach Bob Bolen said Thursday.
Forward Rodney Bass and guard Raynardo Curry, who played for Mountain State in the NAIA national championship game last season, and Ronnie Conway are charged with marijuana distribution, according to a federal indictment.
``The only possible way for reinstatement would be if the charges were dropped or if they were cleared of the charges,'' Bolen said. ``I'm very hurt and concerned for those three individuals and their future.''
The players each face five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a two-year term of supervised release for each count, according to the indictment.
Curry a senior from Memphis, Tenn., averaged 13.0 points last season and scored 21 in the Cougars' 88-84 loss to Concordia, Calif., in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics title game.
Bass, a senior from Baltimore, averaged almost 5.0 and 2.0 rebounds in 2002-03. Conway, a senior from Philadelphia, left Mountain State after the 2001-02 season, but re-enrolled last spring.
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