Report: Terrell Stoglin Faced One-Year Suspension, Leads to NBA Draft Decision
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UPDATE (2:17pm 4/30/2012) — According to Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez, Terrell Stoglin was suspended for failing multiple drug tests. The drug in question was marijuana. According to the same report, this was also the reason for Mychal Parker’s transfer, as he too failed multiple drug tests.
The news of reigning ACC scoring champ Terrell Stoglin ending his Maryland career and declaring for the NBA Draft has shakenCollege Park and Terps basketball fans everywhere.
While some are quick to criticize Stoglin for making a hasty and unwise decision, his sudden plans to turn pro may not have been his decision at all.
According to CBS college basketball insider Jeff Goodman, Stoglin faced a one-year suspension from the University of Maryland following a violation of the student-athlete code of conduct. The details pertaining to the cause and/or reason for the suspension are still unknown.
In a statement released by the university, athletic director Kevin Anderson had this to say:
Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility. As much as we appreciate the effort these two young men gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibility. We’re disappointed, but hope they use this as a learning experience.
Although Stoglin faced harsh criticism throughout his brief two seasons at Maryland, the ”problems” were often basketball-related. Head coach Mark Turgeon would express his frustration over Stoglin’s playing-style both on the court and in post-game press conferences, but admitted that he and the six-foot sophomore shared an ”honest relationship”.
Details regarding the suspension are crucial in this case. At season’s end, Stoglin contemplated going pro and better decided to return for his junior season. On the final day allowed for underclassmen to declare, Stoglin did so, leaving people no choice but to believe that his decision was in fact sudden and likely forced.
As Anderson continues to seemingly run the Maryland athletic program like West Point, fans have every right to be skeptical of the decision without knowing the real substance.