The Pacific 10 Conference announced Friday that an investigation of UCLA basketball Coach Steve Lavin produced no evidence of wrongdoing. The probe was triggered by a March 26 e-mail that listed a number of purported NCAA rules violations.
However, UCLA told the Pac-10 that recruiting violations by Lavin and assistant Jim Saia last spring possibly did occur. The coaches allegedly had improper contact with Torrance Bishop Montgomery High player Errick Craven in the office of Craven's coach in March 2000.
Lavin is also being investigated for a violation involving a group of high school players who visited the UCLA campus and met with Lavin on July 31 while they were playing in a club tournament at Loyola Marymount.
NCAA rules stipulate that a coach cannot have contact with players during a tournament.
Both potential violations would be considered secondary by the NCAA and probably would not result in strong sanctions against Lavin or UCLA.