NCAA won't include alleged violations against doctor

Updated: May 29, 2004, 5:52 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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