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Dec. 13, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE – University of Virginia men’s head basketball coach Pete Gillen announced Friday (Dec. 13) that sophomore guard Jermaine Harper has rejoined the Virginia team. Harper was suspended indefinitely from the team last month for a violation of team rules. He has not practiced with the team or played in games during the suspension.

“Jermaine has been reinstated and he practiced with the team on Thursday,” Gillen said. “He has done what was required of him to be reinstated and we’re glad to have him back with the team. As Jermaine moves forward, he will focus on academics and basketball.”

Harper made the following comment:

“I’m happy to be back with the team. I made a bad decision that I regret. I apologize for letting down my family, teammates, coaches, friends and Virginia basketball fans. I appreciate the support I’ve received, and plan to concentrate on my studies and helping the basketball team be successful.”

Harper will be available to participate when the Cavaliers host East Tennessee State on December 17 at University Hall.

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