University lawyer: NCAA won't investigate allegations

Updated: November 4, 2003, 8:36 AM ET

LITTLE ROCK -- Allegations by former Razorback Glendon Alexander that he was paid by boosters, skipped class and sold free tickets will not be investigated by the NCAA, a lawyer for the University of Arkansas says.

University general counsel Scott Varady said in a telephone interview from Fayetteville on Monday that he spoke with an NCAA enforcement director and was told the organization would not pursue allegations made by Glendon Alexander, who played basketball for Arkansas from 1996 to 1997.

Alexander, in prison in Seagoville, Texas, until 2006 for federal bank and wire fraud convictions, made the allegations in a Sports Illustrated story.

"We have no information to corroborate or suggest that there's any substance to the allegations that have been made," Varady said. "I think the story was handled in a routine manner by the NCAA, but it prompted maybe greater concern that it should have."

Varady said that in the NCAA's judgment, the allegations fall outside the statute of limitations of four years.

"A violation that is over four years old, they don't pursue but there are three exceptions to that rule," Varady said.

The NCAA can investigate allegations of violations older than four years if a player involved is still on campus, if the violations are still occurring, or if the violations are a blatant disregard of the rules.

NCAA rules preclude officials from commenting on specific cases. NCAA spokeswoman Kay Hawes said Tuesday that, under the policy, the association could not discuss Alexander's allegations.

Alexander, who quit the Razorbacks in December 1997, told Sports Illustrated that boosters gave him $10,000, that he didn't attend classes and that he sold his game tickets for a profit. The magazine said an NCAA investigator met with Alexander, who is now in prison on fraud convictions.

Varady said he was happy to hear of the NCAA's decision, but added that the university will examine its compliance program to see if any changes need to be made.

"We will make sure that we don't have any issues," Varady said.

After leaving Arkansas, the 6-4 guard transferred to Oklahoma State University and he made similar allegations about receiving payments while he was there.

Oklahoma State Athletic Director Harry Birdwell said the school looked into the accusations, also published in the Sports Illustrated story, and found nothing.

The former player told the magazine that he was able to remain eligible at Arkansas despite not going to class.

At the time, Arkansas athletic officials were watching the basketball program closely after revealing that the daughter of then-Chancellor Dan Ferritor had allegedly written papers for a player, among other allegations.

This year, the university settled a long-running NCAA investigation over improper payments to students who worked for a Dallas booster. Arkansas gave up a total of 10 football scholarships, one basketball scholarship and four basketball visits, and the entire sports program was placed on three years' probation.

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