August 9, 1991 |
Leland Sparks, a defensive back from Mater Dei High School, has not met the NCAA's Proposition 48 requirements and will not attend Washington State this fall, according to Jim Zeches, an assistant coach for the Cougars. Sparks, who missed the final five games of the 1990 season because of a knee injury, failed to score 700 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, Zeches said Thursday. Sparks will take the test again this fall and is expected to enroll in school in January, Zeches said.
August 3, 1991 |
Leland Sparks, a former Montclair Prep football player, will miss the fall semester at Washington State because of an injury and academic problems, according to a Washington State assistant coach. Sparks signed a letter of intent with the Cougars last spring and planned to join his cousin, Derek, in Pullman. Derek Sparks is a running back who was The Times' Valley back of the year in 1989 when he played at Montclair Prep. He is expected to arrive in Pullman next week.
August 1, 1991 |
The CIF Southern Section on Wednesday continued to penalize Montclair Prep in Van Nuys by suspending assistant football coach John Hazelton for the 1991-92 school year. In April, the Southern Section banned Montclair Prep's athletic programs from postseason play for a year and the football team from the playoffs for two years. The executive committee cited undue influence in the recruiting of former football players Derek and Leland Sparks.
April 24, 1991 |
Montclair Prep of Van Nuys was placed on three years' probation by the CIF Southern Section Tuesday for using undue influence in the recruitment of former football players Derek and Leland Sparks. If Montclair Prep violates its probation, it will automatically be suspended from the section for two years. In addition to the probation, the school is ineligible for postseason competition for the calendar year Sept. 1, 1991, to Aug. 31, 1992.
February 6, 1991 |
Cousins Derek and Leland Sparks of Santa Ana Mater Dei High made unwritten commitments to Washington State and will sign national letters of intent today. Derek is a running back and Leland a wide receiver-defensive back. Pasadena Muir's Reggie Reser and Demetrice Martin also made commitments. Reser, a defensive back, selected Washington, and Martin, a wide receiver, chose Michigan State.
November 6, 1990 |
Leland Sparks, a fifth-year senior at Mater Dei High School, will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury, Monarch Coach Bruce Rollinson said Monday. Sparks, a defensive back and wide receiver, was injured Thursday in Mater Dei's game against Bishop Amat. Rollins said Sparks injured his medial collateral, a ligament in his knee, and might face reconstructive surgery. "The family was going for a second opinion tomorrow (Tuesday)," Rollinson said.