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my senior year for a possible fall is-
sue. I am shocked and hurt by the al-
legations that the newspaper has
The Winston-Salem Journal re-
ported that Laettner's agreement
with GQ during the 1991-92 season
may have been a violation of NCAA
rules. Those rules say a student ath-
lete's eligibility is jeopardized if he
makes an agreement for professional
services or promotes a product while
The All-America center has used
up his college eligibility. Any viola-
tion could result in retroactive penal-
ties and subject Duke to sanctions
that range from a letter of reprimand
to forfeiture of all games, including
the NCAA championship, the sec-
ond straight for the Blue Devils.
"We checked into all the rules,"
said Mike Cragg, Duke's sports in-
formation director, who said the
checks found nothing wrong with
the agreement between the magazine
and the star center, the college bas-
ketball player of the year.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he
would not comment beyond what
was in the school's release.
The university's statement said
Duke's NCAA contact Chris
Kennedy contacted Atlantic Coast
Conference compliance officer
David Thompson and the NCAA for
The statement said Duke "was
given an interpretation which did not
prohibit Laettner from preparing a
diary for future post-eligibility pub-
Earlier, Cragg said he didn't
know if the NCAA had been con-
tacted. Kennedy told the newspaper
he didn't check directly with the
The NCAA wouldn't confirm or
deny an investigation into the report.
Duke officials said no rules were vi-
olated because Laettner didn't sign a
"I think that we would look at
the facts overall, but I don't think we
would distinguish between an oral or
written agreement," NCAA official
Rick Evrard said. "An agreement is
A spokeswoman for GQ said
Thursday that Duke and GQ were
careful to follow the rules.
"Our manager, Eliot Kaplan,
went to great pains to work with
Duke to make sure there were no vi-
olations ... and Duke got permission
from the NCAA," GQ's Cathy
Kaplan, now editor at
Philadelphia Magazine, had a differ-
ent version. He said Thursday he
never discussed with Duke whether
the agreement with Laettner might
violate NCAA rules.
The Journal reported that Kaplan
said Laettner signed a standard writ-
ing contract. Other magazine offi-
cials denied that. Kaplan said later
he assumed there was a contract be-
cause it was standard procedure to
mail one to all writers.
Laettner, the leading scorer for
Duke's championship team, agreed
last August to keep a diary during
the season which would be published
by the magazine later this year, GQ
"There was never a guarantee of
publication," Cragg said. After the
magazine transcribed the tapes and
decided whether the article would be
published, "they would discuss fi-
nancial terms or whatever," he said.
GQ officials said a fee was set
but declined to disclose it. They said
Laettner didn't sign a contract but
had an oral agreement with GQ.
Neither Kennedy nor Thompson
could be reached Thursday for fur-
Final Score: Michigan 2, Notre Dame 7
No. 1 Melissa Harris def. Kim Pratt
No. 2 Kalei Beamon def. Laura Schwab
No. 3 Christy Faustmann def. Jaimie Fielding
No. 4 Lisa Tholen def. Alison Schionsky
No. 5 Tern Vitale def. Amy Malik
No. 6 Frederika Adam def. Ann Bradshaw
No. 1 Faustmann and Tholen def.
Pratt and Fielding (6-3, 2-6, 6-3)
No. 2 Schwab and Eniko Bende def.
Beamon and Schlonsky (7-6(4), 6-4)
No. 3 Kristy Doran and Katie Clark def.
Malik and Adam (6-2, 6-1)
Michigan players in bold
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Pistons
forward Mark Aguirre will not play for Mexico in the
Summer Olympics, an Olympic official says.
Aguirre had been considering a spot on the Mexican
team because his father and grandfather were born
there. Aguirre was born in Chicago.
But that is a "dead issue," Boris Stankovic,0
secretary-general of basketball's international ruling
body, told the Detroit Free Press.
"First, we haven't even received the necessary
paperwork to even consider his request," Stankovic
said Wednesday from Istanbul, Turkey.
"Second, his citizenship remains under question. If
he's not a naturally born Mexican citizen, he must wait
three years upon our receiving his formal applicatidn.
It's that simple."
The Mexican Basketball Federation had asked the
foot-6 Aguirre to play, and a spokesman said the
federation still believes Aguirre is eligible.
The international panel "just doesn't want me to
play for whatever reason," Aguirre said. "I'm nrot
going to get involved in it. I'm just going to let the two
sides take care of it themselves."
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