Maryland assistant men’s basketball coach Dalonte Hill has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, university officials said Friday, and will not be on the bench for the next two games — Saturday’s game at Temple and Wednesday’s home game against Duke — and possibly more, pending further investigation.
Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon opened his Friday news conference by reading a three-paragraph statement that included those basic facts but declined to take questions on the topic.
The statement read: “The Maryland athletics department is working with all involved to gather the facts of the incident, and will handle the matter internally once the inquiry is completed.”
Athletics department spokesman Doug Dull said he couldn’t say what day Hill was arrested and said he didn’t know where the arrest occurred.
During his tenure as an assistant coach at Kansas State, Hill was arrested in Manhattan, Kan., in 2008, on the same charge — suspicion of driving under the influence — and was suspended for one game by the university. Hill later apologized for the unflattering attention his behavior brought the university and the distraction it represented to the team as it prepared for its next game. The charges were dismissed in 2009 after Hill completed a diversion program.
A former coach of the D.C. Assault AAU team, Hill was hired by Turgeon in May primarily for his recruiting expertise and connections to coaches and players in the Washington area.
In a question-and-answer session Friday with Maryland players James Padgett and Pe’Shon Howard, a university official said that the players would not address a question about what game-day role Hill played and how his absence would affect the team, if at all.