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.
May 8, 1997 |
Bigfoot NCAA stomped on Westwood on Tuesday. What was left was, at first look, potential devastation for UCLA, one of the country's most respected and storied athletic programs. But in the aftermath of big, bold headlines and explosive words such as probation and lack of institutional control and death penalty, a further look at the debris is in order.
March 6, 1997 |
Maybe the Ventura College women's basketball team will play Compton in a Southern California Regional game Saturday night . . . and maybe it won't. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge will decide Friday whether Compton can continue in the playoffs after being sanctioned by the South Coast Conference for alleged recruiting violations.
February 6, 1997 |
A Cal State Fullerton official said Wednesday that NCAA investigators are expected back on the campus next week as part of a preliminary inquiry into the Titan athletic program. Judith Anderson, executive assistant to university President Milton Gordon, said the two NCAA representatives plan to conduct additional interviews. Anderson declined to name those who would be interviewed or which sport or sports are involved. The NCAA also conducted interviews on campus in December.