University of Maine football players Jerron McMillian and David Hood have been penalized by interim athletic director Steve Abbott for their involvement recently in separate incidents in Orono.
Abbott on Wednesday said both players have been suspended for one game and also must perform community service for violating the UMaine Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.
“Student-athletes are held to a standard that’s higher than other people (students),” said Abbott, who explained Hood has already served his one-game suspension because the sanction was handed down prior to the end of the 2010 season.
McMillian is expected to sit out the first game of the 2011 season.
The penalties are separate from sanctions imposed by the UMaine Dean of Students office, which administers the UMaine Student Code of Conduct.
McMillian, a junior defensive back from Hillside, N.J., was arrested Dec. 4 after an incident outside an Orono nightclub. He was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and failure to submit to arrest after Orono police were called to the establishment about a situation in the parking lot.
Officers attempted to question McMillian, who reportedly did not cooperate with police and allegedly swatted at one officer and pushed another. He is scheduled to appear Jan. 6 at the Penobscot Judicial Center to answer the charges.
McMillian, a two-year starter for UMaine, was an All-Colonial Athletic Association second-team selection last season. He ranked fourth on the team with 58 tackles.
He previously was placed on deferred suspension in relation to the same episode by the UMaine Dean of Students office for violating the UMaine Student Code of Conduct. He was assigned to programming in anger management, situational leadership and problem-solving and will be eligible to return to the team once he has completed those programs.
The 18-year-old Hood was a first-year running back for UMaine but did not play in a game last season. The Galloway, N.J., resident was charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault two days after a Nov. 7 incident in Orono during which Hood allegedly struck two 20-year-old women outside the site of a party.
Abbott pointed out student-athletes have the right to appeal their penalties under rules outlined in the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.
“If they get resolved favorably in the legal system, they have the right to appeal the suspension,” Abbott said.
Also, three UMaine track and field athletes have been penalized under the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct for having a party at the apartment they share in Orono.
Junior Riley Masters of Bangor, junior Zach Jordan of Belgrade and freshman Frank Del Duca of Bethel were charged with possession of alcohol by a minor after police found a case of beer and evidence a drinking game was being played in the apartment.
All three will be required by Abbott to perform community service as a result of the incident.
Masters, a former Bangor High School standout, is a star member of the Black Bears’ track and field and cross country teams. Jordan competes in the 55-, 200- and 400-meter sprints and Del Duca is a sprinter.