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November 30, 1998 | DIANE PUCIN
It is unfair, but it is also the way of the world sometimes. Too many people hear of Eddie Sutton and think only of the man forced to leave the University of Kentucky as a result of a nasty basketball scandal that was highlighted by the mysterious opening of an Emery express mail envelope in Los Angeles from which $1,000 in bills tumbled out, an envelope sent from the university to the father of high school star Chris Mills.
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September 25, 1998 | LON EUBANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cal State Fullerton officials will appear today before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions in Atlanta, but it could be as long as two months before the university learns its fate in the investigation of its men's basketball program. Rebecca Wempe, the NCAA director for the infractions committee, said the eight-member group will discuss the case this weekend but will not inform Fullerton of its decision until a formal report is issued.
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May 6, 1998 | LON EUBANKS
Cal State Fullerton has completed its response to NCAA allegations of violations in the Titan men's basketball program and submitted its findings to the NCAA. Judith Anderson, university executive vice president who oversees athletics, said Tuesday she has not been notified of a date for a preliminary hearing with the NCAA staff. Anderson said she expects the case to go before the NCAA committee on infractions at one of its regularly scheduled meetings in June or August.
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May 1, 1998 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
One last rehash of a UCLA basketball crisis, then and now: On Nov. 6, 1996, the day UCLA fired Coach Jim Harrick for lying about an expense report and then trying to cover his tracks, then-Chancellor Charles E. Young scoured his brain for an analogy and came up with a humdinger. "I don't want to overstate it," Young overstated, "but I think Watergate is analogous." On Thursday, the NCAA put UCLA on three years' probation for violations during Harrick's tenure. Death penalty? Well, no.
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May 1, 1998 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 30, 1998 | GREG SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 3, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 2, 1998 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 1, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 9, 1997 | VINCE KOWALICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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