UNR suspends wide receiver Mann four games

Updated: August 7, 2003, 2:58 PM ET

RENO, Nev. -- Nevada wide receiver Maurice Mann has been suspended for the team's first four games for breaking an undisclosed NCAA rule, Coach Chris Tormey said.

Tormey said Mann received an extra benefit but would not reveal the specific infraction.

"Maurice really just made a dumb mistake," Tormey told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Wednesday.

"This is something that happened in the offseason and we found out about it and the university followed up on it. We self-reported this violation," he said.

Mann, who started five games and caught 18 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns last year, refused to comment on what he did or received that constituted the infraction, but did issue an apology.

"It was a bad mistake and I should have known better," said Mann, a Seaside, Calif., native who transferred to Nevada from Monterey Peninsula Junior College. "I just want to say that I am sorry and I apologize to the fans. I feel bad that it happened.

"Now I just focus on being the best teammate I can be on the sideline until I can play again."

Mann will sit out against Southern Utah, Oregon, San Jose State and Southern Methodist. The first game that he will be eligible to play will be at home at Mackay Stadium against cross-state rival UNLV.

"It makes me so hungry to work hard," Mann said. "I want to come back and really make an imprint. My teammates are going to be counting on me. But for now, I just have to be the best scout team player that I can be."

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