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18 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 9, 1993

Huskies sent to the pigskin pound
James quits after Pac-l0findings of illegal booster actions

By RYAN HERRINGTON his reputation as an athlete to receive

Regardless of how their respective
seasons unfold, there will not be a third
consecutive match-up between Michi-
gan and Washington in the Rose Bowl
on New Year's Day.
Following a nine-month investiga-
tion, the Pac-10 Council ruled in late
August that the Huskies' program was
in violation of 25 NCAA rules and the
team would thus be ineligible for post-
season play during the 1993 and 1994
In addition to the bowl ban, Pac-10
Commissioner Tom Hansen announced
that the three-time conference champi-
ons would forfeit 20 scholarships and
all TV revenue from this season.
In a direct response to what he con-
sidered the league's extraordinary rul-
ing, Head Coach Don James announced
his retirement the day after the sanc-
tions were made official, stating that he
"could no longer coach in a conference
that treats its players and coaches so
James, the winningest coach in Pac-
10 history, had led his teams to three
straight Rose Bowl appearances. His
18-year tenure at Washington was high-
lighted by a 34-14 victory over the
Wolverines in the 1992 Rose Bowl,
which garnered him an undefeated sea-
son and a share of the national champi-
onship. James had coached against the
Wolverines in Pasadena on four occa-
sions, winning in 1978 and 1992.
While saying that he was not famil-
iar with the specifics of the Washington
case and thus would not comment on
them, Michigan coach Gary Moeller
indicated that he was surprised James
would leave at this time.
"I'm sure there's some real reason-
ing why that happened, that he would
leave (at this time)," Moeller said. "It
would have to be something that he felt
was very unfair, I would hope."
Among the violations cited by the
Pac-10 were illegalities involving the
school's boosters. The conference con-
cluded that alumni had given players
phony summer jobs and then paid the
student-athletes in excess of what would
be paid wages of other employees, a
direct violation of NCAA guidelines.
Players also received money for hours
they did no work at all.
In addition, it was ruled that former
quarterback Billy Joe Hobert had used

,0AI nu u oans. Upon warning of the
loans last November, the Washington
Athletic Department suspended Hobert
but was not forced to forfeit any games
in which he had participated during the
While NCAA rules do not prohibit
student-athletes from taking summer
jobs or receiving loans, they are to be
given no special privilege due to their
status as a student-athlete. This same
'I try to send out mailings
through our people (in the
athletic department) to
people who hire our kids.
As for recruiters, I think
you've got to show them
what they aren't allowed
to do and what they can
do. By the time you're
done doing those things,
you've told them a whole
bunch of things they can't
do .1
- Gary Moeller
Michigan football coach
rule was put into question at Michigan
last summer when three members of the
Wolverine men's basketball team were
each given $300 to judge a charity slam
dunk contest. The NCAA ruled, how-
ever, thatthemoney the Wolverine play-

ers received was notadirect violation of
the rule.
The Huskies were also found to be
guilty of several recruiting violations.
During official visits, recruits were
hosted by Washington players, who
would file phony meal receipts and split
the extra money with the recruit. In
addition, boosters would contact re-
cruits and theirrelatives outside NCAA-
allowed visits.
The conference recommended that
Washington disassociate its athletic pro-
gram with four boosters who were pri-
marily involved in the violations.
James has alleged throughout the
investigation thathe was unaware of the
booster's actions. The dean of Pac-10
coaches was not personally implicated
by the Council.
When asked how he tries to handle
booster involvement with his football
program at Michigan, Moeller says that
he is in constant communication with
alumni, detailing what they can and
cannot do.
"I try to send out mailings through
our people (in the athletic department)
to people who hire our kids," Moeller
said. "As for recruiters, I think you've
got to show them what they aren't al-
lowed to do and what they can do. By
the time you're done doing those things,
you've told them a whole bunch of
things they can't do."
Moeller said, however, that athletic
departments could have infractions go-
ing on within their programs without

the knowledge of administrators or*
"I know it's possible that things like
that can go on in isolated incidents to a
large group of people," said Moeller,
explaining the difficulty of controlling
a large athletic program. "I mean, you
can' tdothis, youcan'tdothis,youcan't
give people something, but who knows
when someone is going to do what he
wants to do? We've all run into those*
people. So isolated incidents, yes, I
think that's very likely.

"I also don't think that's going on as
far as every program is having these
little isolated incidents going on. But
they'll come, you'll find them and
you've got to take care of them."
Moeller felt the most difficult partof
the sanctions to deal with was the reduc-
tion in scholarships, which will involve
a decrease of 10 per year for two years.
"It's going to be a hard penalty to
rebound from," Moeller said. "There's
no question about that."
The Pac-10 is the only conference in
the country that issues its own penalties
to its member schools. The NCAA can
add further sanctions but cannot take
away any of the penalties given by the
The Pac-10 also found that mem-
bers of the Husky men's basketball pro-
gram had also received improper em-
ployment, but did not impose any sanc-
tions on it.


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