Herman Veal, the second-leading rebounder on the University of Maryland basketball team, missed Sunday's game against Virginia because the school found he was involved in a violation of dormitory rules several weeks ago, according to sources.
A recommendation that prohibited Veal from playing in the Virginia game was made by the school's judicial board and implemented by a vice chancellor, according to sources.
Veal has the right to appeal the decision.
Maryland's next game is against Georgia Tech Friday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Atlanta. It is not known whether Veal will be able to participate.
Veal said Sunday night he wouldn't mind talking about why he didn't play, but said he was told not to comment. "I've been told not to say any more than it's an administrative problem."
He could not be reached for comment last night.
Veal, a 6-foot-6 junior forward from Jackson, Miss., who averages eight points and seven rebounds a game, sat on the Maryland bench Sunday in Charlottesville as his teammates lost to the second-ranked Cavaliers by two points.
Coach Lefty Driesell was irritated by the school's order to hold Veal out of the game. "It was not my decision," he said.
Reached last night, Driesell said, "I can't tell you anything right now, because it might hurt Herman's chances of playing."
William Thomas, vice chancellor for student affairs, citing a federal education and family privacy act, said the reasons for the action against Veal "are never going to be public, if there is even anything to be public."
Thomas, responsible for the campus judicial programs office, added that Veal "probably" would play again. He refused further comment.