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NCAA violation to cost Lopes job

Updated: March 17, 2005, 9:49 PM ET
Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State basketball coach Ray Lopes resigned Thursday after a school investigation determined that he violated an NCAA rule about telephone calls to recruits.

Lopes was hired in 2002 to replace Jerry Tarkanian, whose seven-year run as coach put the Bulldogs on four years' probation by the NCAA for violations including academic fraud.

"When I came here I made a commitment to running a program with no violations," Lopes said in a statement ...

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