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Title was linked to infamous scandal

10/15/2003 - Michigan Wolverines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan agreed to return money to the
NIT because three players who helped the Wolverines win the 1997
championship had been linked to a scandal involving booster Ed
Martin.

Athletic director Bill Martin would not disclose how much money
was returned.

"We were extremely pleased with the outcome from our
discussions with the NIT," said Martin, who declined further
comment Wednesday.

Before his death, Ed Martin said Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor
and Louis Bullock were among the players he gave $616,000, making
them ineligible during the school's 1997 tournament appearance.

Michigan officials last year imposed penalties on their program,
including a postseason ban for 2003; forfeiture of 112 regular
season and tournament victories from five seasons, plus its victory
in the 1992 NCAA semifinal; the return of $450,000 to the NCAA for
money earned from the NCAA tournament during those years; and
placing itself on two years' probation.

The NCAA accepted Michigan's penalties in May, but added an
additional year of a postseason ban. Last month, Michigan became
eligible for postseason play in 2004 after becoming the first
school in five years to win an appeal of a postseason ban with the
NCAA.