With little more than signed papers and completed forms standing between him and a return to the University of Maryland, suspended running back Wes Brown plans to re-enroll and start taking classes next semester, his attorney said Thursday night.
Jason Shapiro, who has represented Brown since the running back faced three charges stemming from a July 3 incident with University of Maryland police and a Baltimore city detective, said in a telephone interview that nothing is official until Brown finishes the necessary paperwork, but “for all intents and purposes” he has been “otherwise cleared to return” and “will be back in school when classes resume in January” for the spring semester.
All three charges against Brown were subsequently dropped and he accepted a one-year suspension from the school,
When Brown, a former Good Counsel standout, was handed his suspension, it was under the condition that he could lessen it to one semester by meeting certain “benchmarks,” which included community service like speaking to local youth football teams, attending an ethics class and writing an essay.
“He really did a lot,” Shapiro said. “One of the things he didn’t realize, he agreed to speak to 15 teams. Well, Wes didn’t realize it was teams. He thought it was 15 leagues. Each league will have several teams at weights and age groups. He ended up speaking to so many kids, so many more than he had to speak to, and he learned of this after he had already spoke unto like about 10 different leagues, which each league may have four teams. He already spoke to maybe two or two and a half times the teams he had to speak to.”
Brown also enrolled in community college to complete general education requirements. He had finished second on the Terrapins in rushing during his freshman season in 2012, but underwent offseason shoulder surgery and missed spring football before his eventual arrest last summer. On Thursday afternoon at around 1:30 p.m., he met with several officials from the Maryland Office of Student Conduct, including director Andrea Goodwin, who informed Brown that he would be reinstated, conditional on the completion of paperwork.
“I anticipate that he’ll have those forms filled out…if he doesn’t have it done today, it’ll be done in the next day,” Shapiro said.
Provided Brown indeed returns on peak physical condition, he would be listed as a sophomore and could compete with Brandon Ross and Albert Reid for the top running back job during spring football, or at least a healthy dose of the carries.
This news means Maryland will return both its second-leading rusher and receiver — Marcus Leak also comes back after taking a semester off for personal reasons — from 2012, neither of whom played in 2013.
Brown appeared to address the situation on Twitter.
Through the lords blessings! Thank you all who supported me on my journey! pic.twitter.com/CdBu3Ac58N
— Only October© (@wes_brown24) January 3, 2014