UF rewrites record book at Maxwell's expense

Published Nov. 23, 1990|Updated Oct. 18, 2005

Vernon Maxwell is no longer the all-time leading scorer at the University of Florida. By decision of athletic director Bill Arnsparger, he is now No. 21. Arnsparger decided Wednesday to delete Maxwell's junior and senior seasons from the Gators' record book.

The NCAA, which imposed two years of sanctions on the Gators' program in September, had ruled Maxwell ineligible for both the 1987 and 1988 NCAA Tournaments because he had an agent.

That move cost Maxwell 118 points and six assists, but still left him as the school's all-time scoring and assist leader.

Now Maxwell, who is a starting guard for the NBA's Houston Rockets, loses 1,404 points and is credited with only 1,046 for his career. Ronnie Williams, who played for Florida during 1980-84, again becomes the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,090 points.

Maxwell also loses 130 steals for those two years, which makes Andrew Moten ('83-'87) the school leader.

But while Maxwell's final two years are being wiped out of the record book, Arnsparger said Florida does not plan to forfeit any of the 46 games the Gators won during those two seasons. One UF official said the athletic department does not want to punish the other players on those teams.

However, it doesn't appear reluctant to punish Maxwell, whose problems led to Florida's probation.

Asked if it appeared to be spiteful to take Maxwell's points away, Arnsparger said, "Well, I don't think that has to be answered. It's evident he was ineligible."