Linebacker Abner Logan, already suspended for violating team rules, has been placed on disciplinary probation by the University of Maryland until April 2015. He cannot participate in any games during that time, but he will attend school and can participate in football team functions such as practices and workouts.
“I sincerely apologize to the University of Maryland community, my coaches, teammates, fans of Maryland Athletics and my family,” Logan said in a statement. “In no way did I intend for my indiscretion to harm or damage the reputation or the esteem of the University of Maryland or its athletic department. I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the sanctions passed down by the University. Moving forward, I can only hope that I can regain the trust and confidence of those who I have thoroughly disappointed.”
Logan can petition to remove the probation as early as Oct. 10, 2014, one day before Maryland’s first open Saturday of the upcoming season, its first in the Big Ten. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Logan’s issue was not related to academics. If he were to return on that date, he would miss exactly half of the regular season.
According to the school’s office of student conduct, a punishment of disciplinary probation “indicates a strong warning issued in response to more serious or frequent violations of University policies. Probation is issued for a stated period of time. Specific restrictions include not allowing the student to represent the University in any extracurricular activities or run for or hold office in any student group or organization. Additional restrictions or educational sanctions may also be imposed.”
In April, Coach Randy Edsall announced that Logan had been suspended for violating team rules, though it was widely assumed that he would return to the field in the summer. Logan had still hung around Gossett Team House, attending the team’s pro day with his teammates, and recently participated in the Best Buddies charity walk with the Terps. Under probation, Logan will effectively act as a redshirted player, practicing but not playing.
A rising redshirt sophomore, Logan started four games last season, recording 37 tackles and two for a loss. He also recovered a fumble.