Tuesday May 6, 2003
More Fraud Allegations
Fresno State Sanctions
By Associated Press
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) --
Fresno State will formally respond to the NCAA's investigation
into academic fraud violations by the men's basketball team.
The school received the NCAA's supplemental
letter of inquiry this week, said assistant athletic director
The letter, NCAA's formal response to
the violations, marks another step in a nearly three-year investigation
of Fresno State by the NCAA. The letter is presented only when
the college sports governing board determines a major violation
In February, The Fresno Bee reported a former
basketball team statistician said he was enlisted in a scheme
to write term papers for cash for three players during the 1999-2000
season under former coach Jerry Tarkanian.
In March, university President John Welty
said most of the allegations were true and issued a self-imposed
ban on postseason play, which left the team out of the NCAA
tournament and NIT.
The ban was in addition to other self-imposed
sanctions -- two years of probation for the men's basketball
team and athletic department and the loss of three basketball
scholar ships between 2004 and 2006 -- Welty issued in December.
Welty was responding to a July 2002
NCAA letter of official inquiry concerning basketball players
accepting free food from a Fresno restaurant and a basketball
player accepting cash from a Las Vegas sports agency, among
A day after Welty's announcement in
March, the Western Athletic Conference board of directors disqualified
the Bulldogs from the league tournament. They cited a new rule
that prevents a WAC school from playing in a conference championship
tournament if the school is also ineligible for NCAA postseason
play in the same sport.
On Friday, Fresno State refused to
comment on details of the investigation. Officials said none
of issues outlined in the NCAA's letter involved the current
team or coaching staff.
a page of Fresno State news reports details of allegations of
academic fraud and payoffs in Fresno State Basketball Program
and more, click here.
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