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May 12, 2004 | Elliott Teaford, Times Staff Writer
Colorado's attorney general decided against filing charges in nine alleged sexual assault cases involving Colorado football players and recruits. Atty. Gen. Ken Salazar, who was appointed as a special prosecutor by Gov. Bill Owens in February, said in a statement Tuesday that the decision was based on concerns about evidence and the "expressed wishes of some victims not to be subjected to the criminal justice process."
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March 6, 2004 | Chris Dufresne, Times Staff Writer
The University of Colorado's decision this week to overhaul its football recruiting policies will not necessarily lead to similarly drastic changes for all colleges, members of a recently formed NCAA task force said Friday. "I don't see this as a template for anything, except for what Colorado thinks is best for it at this time," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Assn. and a task force committee member.
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February 23, 2004 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
It happened to Geoff Schwartz this winter as he traveled to several major colleges that were recruiting him to play football. The Palisades High lineman was on an official visit to one of the campuses -- he was hesitant to say which -- when players from the team asked whether he wanted to go to a strip club. "I wasn't too surprised," he said. "I'd heard stories."
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January 27, 2004 | Rob Fernas, Times Staff Writer
Westchester High is down to its last strike in an effort to overturn sanctions against its state-champion boys' basketball team. The City Section announced Monday that a three-person appeal panel had upheld penalties that include Westchester's being banned from the playoffs this season for allegedly recruiting 6-foot-9 junior center Amir Johnson from Los Angeles Verbum Dei.
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January 25, 2004 | Eric Sondheimer
It was a beautiful, sunny day in Los Angeles on Friday, perfect for riding a bike, taking a walk in the park, shooting some hoops or playing a round of golf. I was at home, waiting for a phone call from the Los Angeles Unified School District to tell me whether Westchester High's appeal of its postseason ban from the boys' basketball playoffs would be overturned. Thursday was supposed to be the day of reckoning, then it was postponed to Friday. Finally, just before 3 p.m., my phone rang.
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January 17, 2004 | Rob Fernas, Times Staff Writer
Westchester High sought to overturn sanctions against its state-champion boys' basketball program Friday during an emotional appeal hearing in which conflicting evidence was presented. A three-person City Section panel heard two hours of testimony from parents, students and representatives of Westchester and Los Angeles Verbum Dei at the downtown meeting. A decision is expected to be announced next week.
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January 13, 2004 | Eric Sondheimer
The time has come for two-time defending state Division I boys' basketball champion Westchester High to unleash its most ferocious full-court press of the season on Friday, when the Comets' postseason fate is decided on the 25th floor of a downtown office building.
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December 17, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
Westchester High, the two-time defending state Division I champion in boys' basketball, was banned from postseason play for one year on Tuesday after the City Section Rules Committee ruled that an assistant coach recruited 6-foot-9 center Amir Johnson from Los Angeles Verbum Dei.
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November 29, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Verbum Dei High has filed a complaint with the City Section, alleging that a representative from Westchester used "undue influence" to coax basketball player Amir Johnson into changing schools. Johnson, who enrolled at Westchester on Nov. 4, is a 6-foot-9 junior who is considered one of the top non-seniors in Southern California. He averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds last season in leading Verbum Dei to the Southern Section Division IV-A championship.
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May 14, 2003 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
As the NCAA men's tennis championships open this weekend, the UCLA program finds itself part of an inquiry by the organization regarding the amateur status of one of its players. The NCAA is looking into whether Tobias Clemens, the Bruins' top singles player, accepted money in any professional events in his native Germany before arriving in Westwood. Clemens has a No. 5 national ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn.
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