The four University of Maine football players who received citations from Acadia National Park rangers for alcohol-related infractions at a gathering on Sand Beach in Bar Harbor last month won’t miss any playing time.
University of Maine Athletic Director Karlton Creech said the players will not be suspended for their actions but will have to perform community service linked to their violations.
That is in accordance with the institution’s student-athlete code of conduct, he said.
“In general, in this type of incident, they receive community service and aren’t suspended,” said Creech. “They made a mistake and we have to make sure they don’t make it again. So they will have to fulfill community service related to their mistake. Underage drinking is certainly something we don’t want our student-athletes doing.”
He added that head coach Jack Cosgrove can assess a further punishment.
“We have some discretion. If Jack feels strongly that it was a serious enough offense to warrant further punishment, he can do so. He and I will have a conversation and reach a decision together,” said Creech.
Cosgrove said on Monday, the first day of training camp for the Black Bears, he intends to “follow the (student-athlete) code of conduct,” thus, the players won’t receive any additional disciplinary action.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dan Collins, sophomore tight end Sean Reuss and redshirt freshman linebacker Benjamin Davis were cited for underage drinking and senior defensive lineman Matthew Wilson received a written summons for possession of alcohol in an area of the park where alcohol is not allowed, ranger Richard Rechholtz told the Bangor Daily News.
Wilson was not seen drinking on the beach.
The players were among a group of approximately 40 people on the beach. Some reportedly were “shotgunning” beers after carrying a cooler full of beer down to the beach past a prominent sign that says alcohol is not permitted.
Collins backed up All-Colonial Athletic Association selection Marcus Wasilewski last year and appeared in two games. He completed four of six passes for 35 yards and appears to have the inside track to win the starting job.
Reuss played in 12 games and Wilson appeared in all 13 games and was involved in 28 tackles, including six solos. Davis didn’t appear in any games because he was a redshirt.