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May 13, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Cairney, fired by USC as director of tutoring services last month, has sued the university, alleging wrongful termination, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday. In it, Cairney claims he was fired as punishment for making allegations of NCAA rules violations and other improprieties in the tutoring program and that USC staged a "public campaign of harassment and defamation" against him.
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May 13, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christopher Cairney, fired by USC as director of tutoring services last month, has sued the university, alleging wrongful termination, defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday. In it, Cairney claims he was fired as punishment for making allegations of NCAA rules violations and other improprieties in the tutoring program and that USC staged a "public campaign of harassment and defamation" against him.
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October 25, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Although it is permissible for student athletes to pay to have papers typed for them, university officials said Friday it is against departmental guidelines for tutors to type papers, which could be construed by the NCAA as an extra benefit. USC is investigating the school's Student Athlete Academic Services department in the wake of charges of improprieties by at least two employees, one of whom is on administrative leave in another matter.
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June 9, 1998 | GREG SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what may be the final word on allegations that USC athletes systematically committed academic fraud, the Pacific 10 Conference publicly reprimanded the school Monday but stopped short of recommending an independent investigation or any NCAA penalties. After reviewing a 61-page report submitted by USC in April, which found only two instances of wrongdoing, the Pac-10 released a statement saying that it "accepted the corrective and disciplinary actions taken" by the school.
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June 8, 1998 | From Staff and Wires Reports
Italy's Alex Zanardi used a strategic pit stop to stay in the lead, then pulled away to his third CART FedEx Series victory of the season, winning the ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday. Despite changes to the Belle Isle Raceway road course to try to make it easier for the competitors to pass, most of the 72-lap event on the 2.346-mile, 14-turn circuit looked more like a parade than a race. Zanardi kept the pressure on pole-sitter Greg Moore, rarely falling as much as a second behind.
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November 18, 1997 | LISA DILLMAN and ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three USC athletes offered an athletic department tutor $200 to $500 to write their papers in the 1996-97 academic year, the former tutor said on Monday. Stephanie Babcock, a tutor who resigned in September, said she has not been interviewed by the Academic Oversight Committee that is close to completing a two-month investigation into allegations of impropriety within the school's Student Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) program. "The athletes would offer to give their stipend checks," she said.
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October 29, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC receiver Mike Bastianelli has been cleared by the NCAA to play Saturday against Washington after serving a two-game suspension for receiving improper assistance on a paper two years ago, but USC's probe into allegations of other improprieties in its academic support program is ongoing. A committee conducting what university counsel Todd Dickey called an "extremely thorough" investigation has interviewed more than 20 tutors and athletes--among them receiver R.
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May 19, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Three Cuban baseball players who had defected and been courted by U.S. sports agents were among the 65 boat people forced to leave the Bahamas and return to their Communist homeland Monday. More than 100 other Cuban detainees who also were denied political asylum will be sent home in the coming weeks, said Vernon Burrows, the Bahamas' deputy immigration director. The group included baseball players Angel Lopez, 25; Jorge Diaz, 23; Michael Jova, 17, and pitching coach Orlando Chinea, 41.
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May 12, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Petr Korda wasted another chance to take over the men's No. 1 tennis ranking, losing Monday in the opening round of the Italian Open--a tuneup for the French Open. Korda, the Australian Open champion, was beaten by Morocco's Hicham Arazi, 6-2, 6-4. Fifth-seeded Greg Rusedski and seventh-seeded Jonas Bjorkman also lost and reigning French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten rallied from a set down to beat Spain's Carlos Costa, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
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June 4, 1999 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The NCAA Committee on Infractions will hear Notre Dame officials defend their actions today after discovering that a booster showered up to a dozen football players with thousands of dollars' worth of gifts and trips she'd paid for with more than $1.4 million she embezzled from her employer.
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April 24, 1998 | ROBYN NORWOOD and GREG SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Trying to end questions surrounding a lengthy internal investigation of its Student Athlete Academic Services program, USC announced Thursday it found no evidence of systematic academic fraud and fired Christopher Cairney, the administrator who made the initial charges of impropriety. Cairney was dismissed for allegedly using racial slurs at work and committing academic fraud himself by helping write an athlete's paper, said interim university counsel Todd Dickey. Cairney denies those charges.
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