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ACC Accepts Williams' Apology, Suspends Official

Posted January 17, 2003 11:31 a.m. EST

— The commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference said Friday that he has accepted an apology by Maryland coach Gary Williams for comments made following the Maryland-Wake Forest game.

John Swofford said the ACC has suspended referee Doug Shows for one game for his "mishandling of a game management situation" during the contest at Wake Forest on Wednesday.

Shows called two technical fouls against Maryland in the Terrapins' loss.

After the game, Williams told reporters a referee told him in a threatening manner that he would see the team next week. Williams then criticized the league's past responses to complaints.

In a statement released by the ACC Friday, Williams apologized for his remarks. Swofford said the league has accepted William's apology.

Shows will be suspended from his next conference game assignment.