MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., MAY 24 -- Reaching what Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Gene Corrigan and Maryland Athletic Director Lew Perkins called "a mutual agreement," the league officially announced today that the Terrapins will not participate in the 1991 ACC men's basketball tournament.

The decision really has been a foregone conclusion since March, when Maryland was placed on NCAA probation for two years. Included among the sanctions was no live television appearances during the 1990-91 season. Under the television contract between the ACC and Raycom, all tournament games are broadcast live.

To that end, the issue of Maryland's participation in the tournament was never even brought to a formal vote here at the conference meetings, and school officials, who weren't excluded from any discussions regarding the situation, never tried to force the issue.

"Our feeling was that we didn't want to jeopardize the television contract," said Perkins. "We're a member of this conference and it certainly wasn't in the best interest of the conference to do that."

Raycom will show six of Maryland's regular season conference games and its game in the ACC-Big East Challenge series on tape delay after 10:30 p.m. but Perkins said such an idea wasn't feasible when it came to the tournament.

"Even if you make the assumptions that we won our first {tournament} game and it was shown on tape delay, what happens if we won the second?" he asked. "Do you show that on tape delay? And then, we're in the championship game; that would have to be shown on tape delay too and no one in their right mind is going to pick up that game" for broadcasting.

Maryland is appealing the severity of the sanctions placed against it to the NCAA steering committee during its summer meeting Aug. 1-4 in Monterey, Calif. Corrigan said if that appeal is successful and the ban on live television is lifted, the school will be allowed to play.

If the appeal is unsuccessful, the No. 1 seeded team -- the regular season champion -- will receive an opening-round bye with the first round games being played at 2, 7 and 9 p.m.

"We certainly would like to participate in the tournament but you have to accept the situation if our appeal isn't successful," said Betty Smith, Maryland's faculty representative.

Corrigan and Perkins said that any decisions regarding whether Maryland will share in the revenues from the regional television contract with Raycom or the national network contracts would also have to wait until after the result of the appeal is known.

"We're hopeful that there won't be a reduction in revenues but there's no sense trying to make a decision at this time," said Corrigan.

It is conceivable that the seven other member schools could vote to exclude Maryland from its share of that money, estimated at $1.5 million, but the consensus opinion here is that Maryland will receive its full share.

If further discussions are necessary after Maryland's NCAA appeal, the next general meeting of ACC representatives is scheduled for September.

The conference voted to extend the contract with the Charlotte Coliseum for the men's tournament for two years, through 1993. Atlanta and the Georgia Dome, currently under construction, are expected to vie for the 1994 tournament.

The ACC women's basketball tournament, scheduled for Fayetteville, N.C., in 1991, will move to Rock Hill, S.C., in '92 and '93.

The ACC also passed legislation to include athletic directors as members of the conference schools' booster clubs and to annually document information on summer employment as well as the use and ownership of automobiles by its scholarship athletes.