December 17, 2003 |
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.
November 29, 2003 |
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.
May 14, 2003 |
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.
January 10, 2003 |
Washington Coach Rick Neuheisel has been censured by the American Football Coaches Assn. ethics committee for comments on recruiting violations. Neuheisel told the Seattle Times he was only trying to explain his side of the story, but the panel decided he had shown a lack of remorse and put him on probation for a year. Violating probation could get Neuheisel booted from the association, an action that might be unprecedented but would have little if any impact on the Huskies' program.
November 5, 2002 |
Westchester High, the reigning state boys' basketball champion, will appear before a special City Section rules committee today on allegations it has recruited top players from other schools. Ray Reese of Carson High and Gabriel Pruitt of Compton Centennial transferred to Westchester this fall under unusual circumstances, officials from their former schools contend.
November 14, 2001 |
Wearing a Dodger cap, light gray sweats and a newly grown goatee, suspended tailback DeShaun Foster met Tuesday with UCLA athletic officials, who were scrambling to complete their report to the NCAA regarding the improper benefits the senior received. But the report was not submitted and the slim chance of Foster being reinstated in time to play against USC on Saturday became slimmer.
June 13, 2001 |
La Quinta High has maintained its status as an Orange County baseball power in recent years by attracting top players, many of whom live outside the school's attendance boundaries. Coach Dave Demarest says the influx of out-of-area players transferring to La Quinta--perfectly legal under district open enrollment rules--only reflects their desire to join a stable, winning program that boasts 16 league titles and two Southern Section championships under his leadership.
May 8, 2001 |
A year after JaRon Rush left UCLA early to try the NBA draft, federal documents obtained by The Times and subsequent interviews with Bruin administrators shed new light on what and when the school knew about the player's eligibility concerns. As early as spring of 1998, before Rush signed a letter of intent to attend UCLA, Athletic Director Peter Dalis had heard "street talk" about Rush accepting money from a benefactor, Kansas City businessman Tom Grant.
January 27, 2001 |
The FBI has begun a probe of allegations that a Memphis high school football coach, Lynn Lang, was paid to influence a star player's choice of college. "We have initiated a preliminary investigation to determine if any federal violations have occurred," FBI special agent Kelli Sligh said Friday. Sligh declined to say what laws could be involved because the inquiry is just starting. Besides the FBI, the Southeastern Conference, the NCAA and Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Assn.
December 22, 2000 |
This place invites mischief. Read the travel brochures. The NCAA investigates any hint of mischief. Read the rule book. Inevitably, the watchdog turns its attention to the team in the town of temptation. Read the help-wanted ads. Bill Bayno was fired last week as basketball coach at Nevada Las Vegas amid mischief aplenty, joining Jerry Tarkanian and Rollie Massimino as Sin City casualties.