Canes players silent on Johnson

Andre Johnson walked slowly off Greentree Field Friday afternoon at the conclusion of the Hurricanes final practice before spring break. But the sophomore receiver could have used his speed for a quick exit and it probably wouldn't have made much of a difference.

Johnson, 20, who is the subject of an academic controversy that includes cheating on two sociology test and having a term paper plagiarized last semester, took part in the entire two hour practice with the rest of the team although he was unavailable for comment along with the rest of his teammates.

According to several members of the UM sports information staff, who were on the field, the players wanted to get an early start on their spring vacation. Hurricanes linebacker Howard Clark, conducting an interview as the rest of the players ran into the locker room, wakled off after being told the players were not supposed to be talking to any media members.

Johnson is academically eligible and has participated in each practice this spring, but has been suspended for two 25-day summer sessions in a decision reached by the UM Honor Council Appeals Committee, made up of five students. Johnson was orginally suspended for two semesters, beginning in the fall, before Johnson appealed the decision. As of now, Johnson isn't slated to miss any playing time when the Hurricanes open the 2002 season in September.

The last question asked to UM head coach Larry Coker was about Johnson's status. Although, he started to say he couldn't comment on the situation, Coker said the situation had been resolved and that he would have nothing else to say.

"Well, you know I really can't comment. There was a process that was followed and the situation was resolved. There is no comment other than its been resolved," said Coker.

In a New Times article published earlier this week, Johnson reportedly cheated Sept. 21 -with two other football players- on a test in Sociology 373, Courts and Society, and additionally had his girlfriend write the term paper for him. Johnson has not received his final grades for the two sociology courses.

Said Coker: "We're not dealing with professional athletes. We're here to go to school and get an education. As long as I'm here that's the way we're going to run our business."

Johnson did have a spectacular over-the-shoulder reception for a touchdown in which he beat defensive back Al Marshall.

ON THE FIELD: The Hurricanes did have a 'little' scrimmage which Coker said was ragid. "That's to be expected being it was our first day in pads," Coker said. He added that it gave the coaches a chance to see the players in certain situations and get some tape .......Coker praised all the running backs and said the defensive ends 'pressure was good today'........The Hurricanes defensive-line put constant pressure on the quarterbcks during the scrimmage..........Brock Berlin threw a TD pass to receiver Roscoe Parrish, who caught the ball over his left shoulder.......Former UM tight end Jeremy Shockey attended practice....Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Norv Turner was on on hand, talking to UM offensive-line coach Art Kehoe after practice.

"He's a lot like Santana (Moss) in that he has that burst of speed," said Coker, about Parrish. "We're going to see special things out of Roscoe."

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