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Mountaineers' Moss takes leave

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Posted: Tuesday January 23, 2001 1:46 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 23, 2001 2:41 PM

  Chris Moss West Virginia center Chris Moss is restrained by Brooks Barry (left) and assistant coach Lester Rowe after being thrown out. AP

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (Ticker) -- West Virginia center Chris Moss, who apparently spit on a Notre Dame cheerleader after being ejected from a game over the weekend, announced Monday that he has left the team for personal reasons.

The 6-foot-8 junior had to be restrained late in the second half of Sunday's 78-61 loss to the Fighting Irish after he received a second technical foul for elbowing Notre Dame star Troy Murphy in the lane following a made free throw.

As assistant coach Lester Rowe escorted Moss to the locker room, the player was taunted by fans at the Joyce Center and reportedly spit toward the crowd, hitting a female cheerleader who was sitting on the floor.

"I would like to publically apologize for my actions on Sunday at Notre Dame," Moss said. "I'm sorry for my behavior that occurred within the heat of competition which caused me to overreact to a situation. This was totally out of character for me. I embarrassed myself as well as West Virginia University. This will never happen again."

"I've met with Chris Moss. He wants to take some time away from the team to get his personal life in order," Mountaineers coach Gale Catlett said. "He is very sorry about the incident at Notre Dame."

Moss is fourth on the team in scoring at 9.1 points per game and and second in rebounding with 7.8 a contest.

"He's a great young man and this was totally out of character for Chris," Catlett said. "He has never been a problem. Chris comes from a great family. I'm sure he will get this corrected and get on with his life."

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