Senior center and cocaptain Mike Davis was dropped from the University of Maryland basketball team yesterday.
Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell, reached at his home by telephone last night, confirmed that Davis had been dropped but would not comment other than to say:
"He hasn't done anything unlawful or anything like that. It just has to do with basketball. It's best that the reason stay between Mike Davis and myself. That's all I'm going to say."
Davis could not be reached immediately for comment. He will remain on scholarship for his senior year.
Driesell asked Davis to turn in his uniform last week but had a change of heart and allowed him to remain on the team. Davis, after playing only four minutes of the North Carolina State game Wednesday night, refused to go back into the game with 24 seconds left when Driesell summoned him off the bench.
After the game, Driesell asked Davis to turn in his uniform, according to an earlier report from Davis. "What I did was understandable," Davis said a few days ago. "But looking back, I can see it was the wrong thing."
Davis played eight minutes and didn't score in Sunday's loss at Notre Dame.
Forward Al King said the players were surprised by Driesell's action.
"Nobody knows why Mike was kicked off," said King. "I guess it's between Lefty and Mike."
Davis, who captained the team with fellow senior Lawrence Boston, was quoted in Sunday's editions of The Washington Post as saying the Maryland team is "selfish, confused, sulking, bitching (and) not even together enought to have a party." The Terps have lost six of their last eight games in struggling to an 11-7 mark.
In an interview Thursday, Davis indicated, "I am having some problems between me and the coach," but wouldn't specify what they were, other than acknowledging he refused to enter the N.C. State game.
Davis scored 110 points, shot 51 percent and averaged 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds a game.