Maryland suspends RB Wes Brown for entire 2013 season
The Maryland Terps have suspended running back Wes Brown for the entire 2013-football season.
According to ESPN, Brown, who was originally charged with assaulting a police officer, has been suspended and barred from the school.
Brown made headlines in early July after Baltimore police officers sought to question him about a non-fatal shooting incident. After the investigation into Brown’s alleged altercation, prosecutors announced they would drop the charges because the running back was within his legal right to resist an unlawful arrest.
This news however, did not apply to punishment handed down by the University of Maryland. Originally, the Terps’ second leading rusher was suspended indefinitely until the University announced Brown would be suspended for the entire season but could come back to the university in the spring semester if certain “benchmarks” were met.
Head coach Randy Edsall commented on the status of Brown to the Baltimore Sun, saying, “We support the University of Maryland’s decision.” He added, “I have spoken with Wes. He accepts the sanctions and understands what is expected of him moving forward.”
The sophomore running back rushed for 382 yards and two touchdowns for Maryland in 2012 and was expected to be a leading candidate for the starting position this season.
Now, the starting role will fall to sophomores Albert Reid and Brandon Ross. It should be interesting to see if the loss of Brown will affect Maryland in the first year of a new look ACC Conference.