De Paul basketball star Rod Strickland was disciplined again by his coach Wednesday night, being scratched from the starting lineup against Marquette for another in a series of problems ranging from academic ineligibility to missing practice. But he still helped the Blue Demons defeat the Warriors, 81-66.
At 2 a.m. Wednesday, Strickland was stopped by police along Chicago's Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was charged with driving 68 mph in a 45-mph zone and driving with an expired license.
Strickland apparently was en route to the home of friends because he was suspended from staying in his dormitory after an altercation with a receptionist who would not give Strickland a loaner key New Year's Eve.
De Paul Coach Joey Meyer did not discuss the traffic incident.
"Let's just leave it as a disciplinary action between Rod and I," Meyer said after Wednesday's game, in which Strickland had 13 points and 11 assists. "I'm just going to work with this young guy as long as I can." . . .
Maryland basketball coach Bob Wade has fired his graduate assistant, Jim Spiro, for reasons neither would discuss. A Maryland graduate, Spiro had been a manager under former coach Lefty Driesell, and was a graduate assistant on this year's squad until this week.
"He's no longer a part of our staff," Wade said of Spiro. Asked why, Wade said: "I don't have to reveal why. I don't have to give any details." Spiro declined to comment . . .
George Washington University Athletic Director Steve Bilsky, a former star basketball player for Pennsylvania, was inducted into the Philadelphia Big Five Hall of Fame. Bilsky, a guard, played for Penn from 1969 to 1971.