Reggie Jackson, Maryland's senior point guard, has been suspended indefinitely by basketball Coach Lefty Driesell for missing curfew Wednesday night. He did not make the trip here for Saturday's 8 p.m. game against Duke.
"He missed curfew and he's suspended. For how long I don't know yet," Driesell said tonight after practice. "I've talked to Reggie about it and I'll talk to him about it again when we get home. I won't decide when he's going to play again until after I talk to him."
Jackson missed the team's midnight curfew (which was imposed this week) by 20 minutes following the team's loss to North Carolina Wednesday, according to a team source. Jackson, who has been a starter most of his four seasons at Maryland, has been unhappy with his role this year. Driesell has been equally unhappy with Jackson's inconsistent play and poor (37 percent) shooting.
Driesell established the curfew following practice Monday. After he missed curfew Wednesday, Jackson had to run the steps in Cole Field House during practice Thursday as part of his punishment.
Maryland takes a 7-4 record, 0-3 in the ACC into Saturday's game with Duke. The Terrapins have lost four of their last five games.
Jackson was unavailable to comment tonight. Following the team's practice at Duke, several Maryland players said they did not want to discuss the suspension.
Driesell downplayed the situation. "It ain't that big a deal," he said. "A rule was broken and the player is being disciplined. These guys have to understand that I'm not joking around."