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MARYLAND ADMITS GUILT ON NCAA RULES CHARGES

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The University of Maryland reportedly has met a deadline to respond to charges of NCAA rules violations in its basketball program and admits guilt, published reports said Saturday.

Campus and NCAA sources said the school met Friday's deadline to respond and did not challenge the 13 charges of rules violations under former coach Bob Wade, the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post reported.Athletic Director Lew Perkins was not available for comment but stated at the time of the NCAA's official letter of inquiry that the school did not plan to fight the charges.

"We want to get this thing over with as painlessly as possible," an unidentified campus source told the Sun.

The earliest the NCAA infractions committee can review the allegations and response by Maryland, and take appropriate action, is February 2-4, at a meeting in San Diego.

Expected to attend the hearing are Perkins, associate athletic director Gerald Gurney and the school's legal counsel, Dennis Blumer, the Sun reported.

On Oct. 18, former coach Wade and the Terrapins were slapped with charges of major rules violations, marking the first time the school's basketball program has been charged with violating NCAA rules.

Among the most serious charges are the allegations that five players sold complimentary tickets to the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. There are also allegations that cash gifts and a courtesy car were given to former Terrapins guard Rudy Archer.