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Gregory to sit out exhibition game

Updated at 8:37 p.m.

Junior forward Dino Gregory will sit out tonight's exhibition game against Indiana (Pa.) due to a violation of team rules, according to a news release issued by the school. The nature of the rules violation was not explained, and the release states that because of federal regulations protecting the privacy of student records, no further comment will be forthcoming.

Gregory acknowledged this summer that his eligibility for the upcoming season was in question because of a charge of academic dishonesty. Following a late-August workout in his home town of Baltimore, Gregory appeared optimistic that his academic misconduct case would be resolved favorably.

"Things will work out for itself,” Gregory said at the time. “I think everything should be all right.”

Gregory also said in August that he had found out about the charge “a while ago,” but said he had been told by Maryland Coach Gary Williams not to discuss the matter publicly and declined to answer further questions other than to say: “I think I’m going to be all right. I’ll be all right.”

Whether that matter was resolved remains unclear. In recent weeks, Maryland athletics department officials repeatedly declined to clarify Gregory’s eligibility for the upcoming season, stating they will not comment on the eligibility of any student-athlete. Voicemails left in recent weeks seeking comment on the matter on the respective cellphones of Williams and Gregory's father, Dino Sr., were not returned.

Whether the academic dishonesty charge and the rules violation that forced Gregory to sit out Tuesday's exhibition are related could not be determined.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 3, 2009; 7:32 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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