At Georgetown University, rules are rules. You don't cross the line. Particularly when it comes to the privacy of John Thompson and his basketball team.

Yesterday, a WJLA (Channel 7) sports reporter and camerman found out what happens when that line is crossed.

Between 11 and 11:30 a.m., according to WJLA news director Bob Reichblum, sportscaster Kevin Kiley and cameraman Pete Fragoyannis were interviewing Georgetown students about reports that Thompson was leaving the school after 18 years to become general manager of the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association.

The interviews were cut short by several campus police officers, who ordered Kiley and Fragoyannis to stop filming and leave the campus. When Kiley repeatedly refused, the camera was confiscated and Fragoyannis was handcuffed and led away before Georgetown public relations officials intervened, according to Reichblum. Fragoyannis was not arrested and the camera was returned.

Georgetown's sports information director Bill Shapland said that Thompson held a news conference later because "things were getting out of hand. Everyone has been trying to outdo each other to find out Coach Thompson's decision, and since he hadn't made one, we decided to let everyone know that."

Reichblum called the university's actions "outrageous," and said his station would be sending a letter of complaint. He also claimed Shapland "threatened" him with exclusion from the Hoyas' next media day -- preseason interview and photo sessions.

"I don't think our viewers would be too disappointed if they missed coverage of Georgetown's media day, but aside from that, when you start getting into threats, that's a line you shouldn't cross," Reichblum said.

The executive director of Georgetown's public relations department, Gary Krull, did not refute that claim, but said he was offended by the word "threat."

"There is a procedure you go through at Georgetown, and it's the same for everyone," said Krull. "If you want to interview John Thompson, you go through the {sports information department}. If you want to bring camera crews on campus, you go through PR. What Bill told them is that if you don't work through the system, maybe you won't be left in."