Suspended Maine Players Transfer
MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) _ Two Maine football players who were accused of sexual assault and suspended from the university have transferred to Tennessee-Martin.
Wide receivers Paris Minor and Stefan Gomes, both juniors, have joined former Maine assistant Matt Griffin at the Division I-AA school. Griffin was hired as Tennessee-Martin’s head coach Dec. 10.
``They’re paying their own way and they’re not on any kind of aid,″ Joe Lofaro, Tennessee-Martin’s sports information director, said Tuesday.
The two probably won’t be able to play until 2004 because NCAA rules require transfers to sit out a year before becoming eligible. Also, NCAA rules require that athletes under nonacademic suspension sit out one full calendar year if they transfer while the suspension is active.
Tennessee-Martin can appeal both points to the NCAA. Lofaro said he was not aware of any plans for an appeal.
Minor and Gomes were kicked off Maine’s team and suspended from the university by a student conduct committee after being accused of raping a woman last summer at an off-campus apartment.
The police and district attorney’s office investigated but no charges were filed.
The players acknowledged they had sex with the woman but maintained it was consensual. The woman contended she had a consensual sexual relationship with Minor but did not know Gomes and was held down and forced to have sex with him.
The two players filed a lawsuit in Bangor, Maine, against the university. A hearing is scheduled this year.