Costa suspended indefinitely for violating code of conduct

Updated: November 11, 2008, 4:35 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Maryland linebacker Rick Costa has been suspended indefinitely for violating the university's student-athlete code of conduct, coach Ralph Friedgen said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

"We are aware of an off-campus incident involving Rick Costa this past weekend," Friedgen said in a statement released by the athletic department. "Due to the nature of the charges, Rick has been indefinitely suspended from all team activities, including practice and game participation. Once the issue has been resolved, Rick's status with the team will be re-evaluated."

Costa started two of Maryland's nine games and is second on the team in sacks (three) and tackles for loss (seven). He split time with senior Trey Covington at Maryland's "LEO" position, a hybrid end-linebacker role.

The Terps host North Carolina on Saturday and can still win the Atlantic Division by winning all three of their remaining games. UNC has a chance to win the Coastal Division if it wins its remaining games and Virginia Tech loses.

Heather Dinich is a college football reporter for ESPN.com.