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Wednesday, October 16, 1996 - The Michigan Daily - 13
.Keady, Herrick looking to get over engine trouble
On the brink of a new season, UCLA coach reportedly Coach denies claims that players received cars, cash
cleared of wrongdoing in sale of car to prized recruit's sister WESTLAFAYETE(AP-PrdUebske- tunity we do. Why are these people trying to

LOS ANGELES - (AP) UCLA basket-
ball coach Jim Harrick has reportedly been
cleared of violating NCAA rules in the sale
of a car he owned to the sister of a top
recruit.
Neither the Pacific-10 nor UCLA would
comment yesterday on reports that a con-
ference investigation had not turned up any
wrongdoing by the Bruins coach.
Both the conference and the university
have been looking into the sale of a car by
Harrick's son, Glenn, to Lisa Hodoh on
Sept. 20.
The sale came two days after Baron
Davis, the woman's younger brother, ver-
bally committed to play for the Bruins.
Davis is a highly recruited 6-foot-1 point
guard who began his senior year at Santa
Monica Crossroads High last month.
Jim Muldoon, the Pac-10's assistant
commissioner, said from his Walnut Creek,
Calif., office he could neither confirm nor
deny the reports in yesterday's editions of
the Los Angeles Daily News and South Bay
Waily Breeze.
"We expect the investigation to be con-

eluded by the end of the week, that's the
only comment I can make at this time,"
Muldoon said. "The process is not quite
completed."
UCLA sports information director Marc
Dellins said the school would not comment
until it hears from the Pac-10.
Both newspapers quoted sources as say-
ing nothing serious had been uncovered by
the investigation into allegations that
UCLA violated NCAA rules against pro-
viding extra benefits to recruits.
The Daily News said Harrick might be
reprimanded by athletic director Peter
Dalis for failing to report the sale after
finding out about it.
If the reports are correct, Davis will be
eligible to play for the Bruins as a fresh-
man in the 1997-98 season.
"We feel good, really good," an unidenti-
fied UCLA official was quoted as saying
by the Daily News.
On Monday, Harrick talked about every-
thing regarding the upcoming college bas-
ketball season except the investigation.
Asked if the investigation had been a dis-

traction on the eve of the official start of
practice yesterday, Harrick replied, "Not to
me."
Harrick and others connected with the
university are not allowed to comment on
orders of Dalis, who attended Monday's
basketball media day.
Though the 1991 Chevy Blazer,
bought in 1990, was always registered in
his father's name, Glenn Harrick said it
was his car "from the day it was bought,"
and that he got his father's signature on
the title when he recently began thinking
of selling it.
According to DMV procedures, the
registered owner must sign over title.
Glenn Harrick has said he "didn't even
think (the transaction) could be an NCAA
violation, didn't think twice. I had no
idea."
Glenn Harrick received $5,000 for the
vehicle, which has more than 112,000
miles and, according to sources, has been
in four auto accidents. Sources also said
the vehicle was appraised last week for
$4,500.

NCAA apologizes to
Alabama pro fessor,
dodges lawsuit

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -
The NCAA Infractions Committee
avoided a possible defamation law-
suit yesterday by retracting find-
ings that Alabama's former faculty
athletics representative acted
unethically in the 1994 probe of the
*football team.
Committee chair David Swank
issued the retraction and apology to
Prof. Tom Jones during a telecon-
ference from NCAA headquarters
in Overland Park, Kan.
He said he believed a retraction
and admission of such a major mis-
take was unprecedented for the
committee.
Swank's two-page prepared
statement concluded with an
unmitigated apology to Jones.
"The Committee on Infractions
recognizes that a charge of unethi-
cal conduct is a very serious alle-
gation and it deeply regrets the
public embarrassment and humilia-
tion its finding in this case has
caused Prof. Jones and the
University of Alabama," Swank
said.
The retraction was part of an oth-
erwise confidential settlement
between the NCAA and Jones, who
shad threatened to file a defamation
lawsuit. Jones' attorney, Leon
Ashford, declined to say if mone-
tary damages were included.
"All I'm able to confirm is that
the NCAA has reached a settlement
regarding any claims Mr. Jones
may have had," said Robin Green,
'the administrator for the infrac-
fions committee.
During its original probe, the
infractions committee found Jones
guilty of unethical conduct, saying
he had failed to disclose several
aspects in the case involving for-
mer defensive back Antonio
Langham's dealings with an agent.
" Those and other findings led to
Alabama's first-ever NCAA sanc-
tions. They included three years'
,*robation, a one-season postseason
ban, the loss of 26 scholarships and
forfeiture of 11 games from the
1993 season in which Langham
played while ineligible.
But last November, the NCAA
Infractions Appeals Committee
withdrew the finding against Jones,
ruling he was not given proper
notice of the charge. In doing so,
the appeals committee also lifted
fne year of probation and restored
nine scholarships.
Yesterday's action went a step
further because the infractions
committee had a chance to examine
information Jones never made
available because he didn't know
charges were pending against him.
Swank said the information that
was new to his committee exoner-
ated Jones. Ashford said the infrac-
*tions committee's new findings set
the record straight.
"The problem with the (appeals
committee's) result was that it left
it in peoples' minds that there was
simply a procedural error, and this
was not a matter of substance"

school spokesperson during the
probe, said Alabama accepted the
NCAA's apology. But he said the
damage done to the university and
Jones could never be completely
erased.
"The false charge of unethical
conduct undermined the credibility
of the university and its officials
with consequences that cannot now
be reversed," he said.
Clark also questioned some of the
original penalties imposed by the
infractions committee, although he
conceded there was nothing that
could be done about them.
He quoted Swank from an August
1995 news conference as saying the
charges against Jones weighed
heavily in the committee's decision
on how harsh the penalties would
be.
Yesterday, Swank was less forth-
coming on how much the Jones
issue was considered when the
committee meted out the sanctions.
"It's hard to go back and say his
involvement had which affects on
which part of the penalties," Swank
said.
"I'm not sure I could tell you
that. This was more of an individual
penalty against him than it was
against the university and now
we're withdrawing that."

Tipoff '96: November isn't far off.
A Mayor who cares about
the youth of Ann Arbor.
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Since her election, Mayor Ingrid Sheldon
has actively participated in D.A.R.E.
graduation ceremonies at all 20 of the
Ann Arbor elementary schools in the program.
Paid for by the Ingrid Sheldon for Mayor Committee
Doug F. Ziesemer, Treasurer, 1223S. Main, Ann Arbor 48104

The halo effect
Georgia guard Phenizee Ransom shows his heavenly stuff early yesterday
morning during a Midnight Madness dunk contest at Stegeman Coliseum.

Read
SPORTS Monday for
coverage of the
Michigan-Maine
hockey game

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