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March 26, 2000 | By ERIC SONDHEIMER,
Sock it to 'em. That's what deserves to happen to the Artesia High basketball program if allegations prove true that two of its top players, Jack Martinez of the Dominican Republic and Jon Stefansson of Iceland, held student visas with false information that would make their playing status illegal.
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January 20, 2000 | PAIGE A. LEECH
There is nothing new or novel about players transferring schools for athletic reasons. It seems to happen on a monthly basis. But that never stops the finger-pointing and allegations that accompany such cases, including the recent transfer of four baseball players to San Fernando High. Manny Flores, Abraham Gonzalez, Jesse Alvarez and Victor Martinez have been playing baseball together since they were 7 years old.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 1999 | ERIC SONDHEIMER and SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two former assistant football coaches at Cal State Northridge have made a $6-million legal claim against the university for allegedly retaliating against them for cooperating with an investigation into alleged NCAA rules violations. A lawyer for the former coaches said a formal lawsuit will follow if the university does not soon respond to the claim, which was mailed Oct. 8. The claimants, Craig Wall and Keith Borges Jr.
SPORTS
November 20, 1999 | From Associated Press
Former Minnesota coach Clem Haskins lied to investigators about "widespread academic misconduct" in his basketball program and also told his players to lie, a report concluded Friday. Two of the university's top athletic officials resigned hours before the release of the report, which sharply criticized the athletic department, academic counseling supervisors and faculty for failing to detect the improper assistance to players.
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August 20, 1999 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reseda High filed a complaint Thursday with the City Section athletics office, charging Taft with using undue influence in recruiting defensive back Gerard Jones. Jones, a senior who helped Reseda to the City Division final last season, transferred to Taft under open enrollment and is practicing with the Toreador football team. "We feel very strongly that Gerard was recruited to go to Taft," said Norman Weiler, Reseda's athletic director.
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August 12, 1999 | VINCE KOWALICK
Ron Ponciano broke a long list of NCAA rules as football coach at Cal State Northridge, including misappropriation of funds, overseeing a nonuniversity bank account and providing players with improper payments and meals, according to the findings of 2 1/2-month internal investigation, released Wednesday. The 130-page report also charged Ponciano with condoning on-campus alcohol and tobacco use by coaches and disregarding instructions from a campus compliance officer to stop team barbecues.
SPORTS
June 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
Clem Haskins agreed Friday to a $1.5-million buyout of his contract with Minnesota, even though university investigators have found no evidence implicating the basketball coach in an academic fraud scandal. University President Mark Yudof said it is "extremely likely" that fraud did occur and said a change was necessary to restore confidence in the university. Haskins will step down June 30, three years before his contract was to expire.
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May 11, 1999 | LON EUBANKS
Cal State Fullerton will not appeal the four-year probation and other penalties handed down by the NCAA last week against the men's basketball program, according to Judith Anderson, university executive vice president. "We met, discussed the report and decided that, at this point, it's more important to focus on the future than the past," Anderson said. "We've spent a lot of time on this, and we want to move forward."
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May 6, 1999 | LON EUBANKS
The NCAA penalties handed down last week against the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball program were a bundle of bad news for the Titans. A reduction in scholarships from 13 to 11 for two years. A three-year ban on giving scholarships to community college players. And a reduction in the number of official visits for prospective recruits from 12 to 10. All for infractions that occurred in 1993 and '94.
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