Maryland Responds To Story

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Maryland Athletics Compliance Office last night released a statement in response to The Post's story yesterday on the involvement of the sports apparel company Under Armour in the Terrapins' recruitment of New York high school basketball standout Lance Stephenson.

In the statement, the school defended its relationship with Under Armour, which was founded by a former Terrapins football player.

"Our business relationship with Under Armour, as the department's exclusive apparel provider, is a relationship common throughout collegiate athletics," the statement said.

The school also addressed the story's description of a meeting between former Maryland player Byron Mouton and Stephenson at a game last month.

"The review related to Byron Mouton's recent, public comments in the Washington Post, regarding conversation with a recruit during his visit to campus, is in process," the statement said. "The contact was reported to the Atlantic Coast Conference, per standard procedure. If this situation did occur as described in the Post story of March 1st, it would most likely be a minor violation, per NCAA rules, not likely impacting the eligibility and/or recruitment of the recruit."

-- From Staff Reports

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