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Washington Huskies Get Tough Pac 10 Penalties : Sports: Football coach resigns after conference imposes sanctions for violations of NCAA rules.

August 23, 1993|ELLIOTT ALMOND | TIMES STAFF WRITER

* Improper unsecured loans of $50,000 received by then starting quarterback Billy Joe Hobert, now a rookie with the Los Angeles Raiders.

* Free meals and excessive wages provided to football players by boosters.

* Illegal recruiting inducements by boosters.

* Illegal recruiting contacts by boosters.

* Improper use of meal expenses by student hosts on official recruiting visits.

Although conference officials did not charge university administrators or coaches, they found that the allegations pointed to a lack of institutional control over the football program.

University officials said they have disassociated four boosters from the school's athletic programs because of the allegations.

One of those boosters was James W. Kenyon, a Los Angeles real estate developer who was charged with providing Husky football and basketball players with thousands of dollars in pay for work they did not perform.

Kenyon, a Washington graduate, is president of a Century City real estate development firm. He previously was an executive in the Los Angeles office of a Boston-based real estate development company where the Husky athletes worked.

Kenyon could not be reached for comment because he was vacationing in the Caribbean. His attorney, Patrick Walsh, said Washington officials used the boosters to protect themselves.

"The university is trying to point the finger at somebody else," he said.

Others disassociated from the athletic programs are Jim Heckman, Don James' former son-in-law; Clint Mead, son of Herb Mead, a Seattle businessman and one of the school's biggest boosters, and Roy Moore, a booster who was found to have arranged improper employment for Hobert.

Three current Huskies--running back Beno Bryant, the former Dorsey High School star; defensive lineman D'Marco Farr, and wide receiver Joe Kralik--were declared ineligible for their involvement in the rules violations.

Bryant declined comment Sunday evening.

University officials have asked the NCAA to restore their eligibility, and all three might return before the Huskies' season opener against Stanford University on Sept. 4.

While sending a strong message that they will not tolerate improprieties in their conference, the Pac 10 officials did not criticize university administrators.

"There is no evidence the University of Washington set out to accomplish the achievement of a competitive advantage," said O'Fallen, head of the conference's compliance committee. "We have not found Washington guilty in that sense."

Jerry Kingston, a faculty representative from Arizona State University, said Washington is not an outlaw program.

The compliance committee, which heard the charges on Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, recommended a one-year bowl ban and two-year loss of television revenue. But the Pac 10 Council changed that recommendation to target the football program because, like most schools, revenue generated from football helps fund the Washington athletic department.

The conference handled the investigation instead of the NCAA because of its reputation for controlling its member schools. The NCAA infractions committee will have a chance to review the case and impose even stricter penalties, but it cannot reduce the sanctions.

In most cases the NCAA has simply ratified the conference penalties.

"If we don't try to have an enforcement program and make it work, then we can't continue to have college athletics," Hansen said.

Times correspondent Sam Farmer in Seattle contributed to this story.

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