Maryland freshman basketball player Ed Farmer said it was his decision to play against Penn State last Saturday, and no one was forcing him to play while injured.

"I was anxious to play, and I told Coach (Lefty Driesell) I was available if he wanted me to play," Farmer said after Tuesday night's game. "Maybe I was a little overanxious, but it (his left shoulder) was just a little sore."

Farmer played only five minutes Saturday night and played 13 minutes Tuesday night against Maryland-Eastern Shore. "It's a little sore, just a little, but I'm okay," Farmer said after the Eastern Shore game, a 91-70 victory by the Terrapins.

Driesell said yesterday that Farmer's injury was only a small part of the reason unlicensed athletic trainer Tommy Lyles was relieved of his basketball duties by Athletic Director Dick Dull. Driesell had recommended that Dull assign the basketball team a certified trainer.

Driesell said he checked with team physician Stan Lavine before the Penn State game on Farmer's status. Driesell said Lavine told him it was fine to use Farmer if he wanted to play. Lavine was not available for comment yesterday.

Driesell said Farmer's injury had nothing to do with his insistence upon having a certified trainer. "Tommy wasn't licensed and it had gone on long enough," Driesell said. Lyles could not be reached for comment yesterday.

It was inaccurately reported in Thursday's editions of The Washington Post that Driesell had "ousted" six trainers in 13 years, even though it is true that Maryland's basketball team has had six trainers in 13 years.