According to a University of Maryland team spokesman, Deon Long has been suspended for two weeks for violating university policy.
The suspension, which coach Randy Edsall did not make a comment on, is technically already being served, so his status for the annual spring game will more than likely be “active.” The suspension marks Long’s first infraction since joining the Terrapins in the offseason.
While Long, the JUCO star from Iowa Western Community college where he set numerous records, won’t be able to practice for a bit, I’m of the opinion that it’s much better he got this out of the way now. If this had occurred during the regular season, there is a good chance that Long would miss crucial games for the Terrapins. Considering he’s the #2 receiver on the depth chart next to Stefon Diggs and Nigel King, that would have hurt quite a bit.
For now, the hope is that he has learned from whatever mistake he committed, and can move forward from this with a better understanding of university policy (whatever that means). His being able to play in the spring game on April 13th is not in question, and that’s a good thing for both the player (from an experience standpoint) and the fans (from a thrilling experience standpoint). Players make mistakes, but how they react from them is most important.
Since it’s his first slip up, he gets a pass. Hopefully by keeping his nose clean in the future, he’ll be getting plenty more passes — from Ricardo Young, that is.