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March 29,2000 • theSeahawk
“I’m sailing away...”
Warm weather means opportunities for members of UNCW’s
sailing club to practice their moves. The team will host the
Laser Open here in New Hanover county on April 1.
SOFTBALL TEAMS PLAY HARD
by LAURA SOUTHERLAND
Hard and Level came on strong Wed.
22 against the Superflys. Hard and Level
started out with 3 great hits and were
bringing in the runners from that mo
ment on. The Supertlys hit well but were
unable to score often. Hard and Level
allowed the Superflys only one run, win
Chi Phi and Pi Kappa Phi also went
bat to bat last Wednesday. These two
teams are leading the league, each with
one win. Pi Kappa Phi was defeated 17-
13, losing their undefeated record.
Belk shut out the Galloway Diva’s
11-0. Belk came on strong, getting three
runs in the first inning to get them
ahead. Belk stayed hot and Galloway
never really had a chance to catch them,
never even being allowed to score.
Help Wanted crushed the Thundercats
last Monday. Help Wanted started well
and refused to yield during the game.
The Thundercats played strongly but
were defeated 11-5.
Kickers and Sigma Alpha Epsilon
went to the wire last Tuesday and fin
ished with only three players each on the
court. “It was a tight game. Each team
played to their potential. My guys were
just tired at the end," said John Bell of
Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
The final score was 7-6. with Kick
ers scoring the winning goal with about
3 minutes left in the game.
Up and Coming:
Registration for badminton begins
March 27-April 10.
Golf Tournament registration is open
until March 31. Play is on April 8 at In
land Greens at 10:00 am. Home Run
Derby registration is open until April 4.
Quickball Tournament registration con
tinues until April 9. Sand Volleyball reg
istration begins next Monday, April 3.
SMU drops players after
alleged drinking, groping
School administrators, Calif, police investigate
By MIKE CRISSEY
DALLAS - Two SMU basketball
players have been indefinitely suspended
for their conduct at a hotel party after
the Mustangs lost a first-round game in
the Western Athletic Conference tourna
Citing student privacy laws, athletic
director Jim Copeland refused to iden
tify the players, but the Fort Worth Star-
Telegram identified them as all-WAC
guard Jeryl Sasser and reserve Renaldo
Bratton. Neither returned telephone mes
sages left by The Associated Press.
The 6-foot-6 Sasser was SMU’s lead
ing scorer this season. Both he and
Bratton, a 6-0 guard, are juniors.
In a statement, SMU described what
it calls “inappropriate and disruptive be
havior involving a few students” in the
early morning hours of March 10 at
Fresno, Calif., site of the WAC tourna
ment. Two members of the SMU Spirit
Squad also were suspended.
The problem occurred hours after the
Mustangs were beaten by Hawaii 87-82.
A Fresno Police Department report said
Sasser and Bratton were questioned
about problems that took place at a party
in their hotel room.
Several players and cheerleaders
spent the hours after the loss drinking at
the Radisson Hotel, according to the po
Fresno police were called to the ho
tel, where an SMU cheerleader said two
basketball players “touched her through
her clothes with their hands.” he said
she did not want to file formal charges,
the report said.
“I don't know anything right now. ...
I just know they’re doing an investiga
tion ... Sasser told The Dallas Morning
According to the Fresno police report,
Sasser and Bratton denied touching the
cheerleader inappropriately. Several
players and cheerleaders said they had
been drinking, but denied the woman had
been assaulted, the report said.
Copeland said after reviewing the
Fresno police report, he and basketball
coach Mike Dement suspended the play
ers indefinitely for violation of team
While school officials refused to com
ment on the nature of the violations,
SMU spokesman Bob Wright
confirmedthat three different investiga
tions were underway - one by Fresno
police, one by the team and one by
SMU’s office of student affairs.
The student affairs investigation
could lead to punishment ranging from
probation with counseling to expulsion.
Both Bratton and Sasser remained on
the team as SMU competed in the NIT
against Southwest Missouri State last
Thursday. The Mustangs lost 77-64.
Wright said the school received the
police report two days before SMU’s ap
pearance in the NIT, but took no action
against the players because the report .
“contained new and different inforraa- /
tion not given to us previously.”
Darren McCoy, SMU spirit coordina
tor, voluntarily resigned from the school
early in the investigation in which three
squad members were questioned. The
Fresno police report said McCoy had
“bloodshot watery eyes, a strong odor
of alcohol” and “attempted to obstruct
police questioning of one of the spirit
University officials began their inves
tigation of possible violations of SMU’s
code of conduct during a school-spon
sored trip, including documentation of '
under-age drinking. The Fresno report
said a player gave vodka to a squad
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