May 1, 1998 |
In what was termed part "public lashing," and appeared to be part slap on the wrist, UCLA on Thursday was put on three years' probation by the NCAA Committee on Infractions for violations committed by its men's basketball program during Jim Harrick's regime as coach. Although committee chairman David Swank termed the violation of rules regarding recruiting, extra benefits and ethical conduct under since-fired Harrick as "major violations," the NCAA handed down only minor penalties.
April 30, 1998 |
The USC men's basketball program has been accused of paying $25,000 to a highly sought-after high school player from Ohio as an inducement to accept a scholarship, sources confirmed Wednesday, and the Pacific 10 Conference has said it is investigating. Sam Clancy Jr., an All-American from St. Edwards High in Lakewood, Ohio, last season, signed a letter of intent with USC in November and allegedly accepted the money as payment to play for the Trojans.
April 3, 1998 |
Jerry Tarkanian is getting $2.5 million but no apologies from the NCAA, which ended its 26-year battle with the former Nevada Las Vegas coach by agreeing to the largest settlement or court-ordered award in NCAA history. About $750,000 to $1 million of the settlement will go toward Tarkanian's legal costs in the 1992 suit, which alleged that the NCAA unfairly conspired to force him out of college coaching.
April 2, 1998 |
It's over, finally, and Jerry Tarkanian has been vindicated. Rather than go to trial in Las Vegas next month, the NCAA has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the beleaguered basketball coach. The NCAA will also issue a conciliatory statement at a news conference at a downtown Los Angeles hotel this morning. "I just hope people will now realize that the accusations against me, 25 years worth of them, were unfounded and without evidence," Tarkanian, reached in Pasadena, said Wednesday night.
November 1, 1997 |
The Ventura College men's basketball program, seeking relief from sanctions levied by the Western State Conference, instead received another devastating blow Friday, when six players--including standouts Eddie Miller and James Lee--were declared ineligible by the WSC for receiving illegal meal subsidies during the 1996-97 season. A conference hearing board on Wednesday voted unanimously to uphold sanctions imposed Oct.
October 9, 1997 |
The troubled Ventura College men's basketball program will be stripped of two Western State Conference titles--and possibly a state title--and be placed on two years' probation for violating state rules, Ventura administrators said Wednesday. WSC officials on Wednesday unanimously approved sanctions against Ventura that jeopardize the Pirates' 1996 state championship and bar the team from postseason play in 1998 and '99, said Dick James, Ventura's athletic coordinator. "I'm shocked," James said.
August 19, 1997 |
In an expansion of an on-going NCAA investigation, the parents of incoming UCLA basketball player Schea Cotton said they were questioned Monday about whether youth-league coach Pat Barrett purchased a stereo system for a late-model car driven by Cotton. NCAA investigator Karl Hicks first interviewed the Cottons at their home in Long Beach on Aug. 10. The Cottons said they produced documentation to prove they are paying for the leased 1997 Ford Explorer Cotton is driving.
August 11, 1997 |
Incoming UCLA freshman basketball player Schea Cotton was interviewed by officials from the NCAA and UCLA on Sunday as part of an investigation into late-model cars driven by two UCLA basketball recruits. NCAA investigator Carl Hicks and Rich Herczog, UCLA director of compliance, met with Cotton at his parents' home in Long Beach for almost two hours. Also present were Cotton's parents, James and Gaynell, and his older brother James, a rookie guard with the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics.
July 18, 1997 |
The fallout from the ill-fated Todd Bozeman era stung the University of California in a big way Thursday when the NCAA put the basketball program on three years' probation, including a ban on postseason play in 1998. The NCAA also reduced Cal's scholarships by two for the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Additionally, the school will forfeit 28 wins from the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. The tournament ban might have come at an opportune time.
May 9, 1997 |
Massachusetts' 1996 Final Four finish--its best ever--was stripped by the NCAA on Thursday over former star Marcus Camby's acceptance of gifts from a sports agent. The NCAA Executive Committee, meeting in Pebble Beach, also determined that Massachusetts must return $151,000 in tournament money.