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NCAA won't include alleged violations against doctor

5/29/2004 - Washington Huskies

SEATTLE -- The NCAA infractions committee won't include
potential violations involving a former softball team doctor when
it considers Washington's gambling case next month.

Investigators had considered incorporating a prescription drug
scandal that centered on the softball program into the earlier
violations, which include a "lack of institutional control"
charge against Washington.

"I guess we're pleased. The case will be what we originally
thought it would be," said Norm Arkans, special assistant to the
university president.

The NCAA's infractions committee meets June 11 in Indianapolis
to consider the gambling case.

That case opened with former football coach Rick Neuheisel's
high-stakes gambling on NCAA basketball games in 2002 and 2003 and
expanded to cover $5 "March Madness" pools by football assistant
coaches and other athletic department staff members. It also
disclosed minor football recruiting violations.

Interim athletic director Dick Thompson said the NCAA could
revisit the issue if investigators choose.

The softball case involves Dr. William Scheyer, a former team
doctor whose license was suspended by state health investigators
for improperly handing out prescription narcotics to players.

In the fallout, the school fired former softball coach Teresa
Wilson.

So far, however, the only NCAA violations related to the
softball case involve Scheyer or a former team trainer who may have
administered Ritalin and other stimulants to revive overmedicated
players.

Washington self-reported those violations to the NCAA in March.
The school believes such violations did not occur during games and
therefore wouldn't have produced a competitive advantage.