Violations stem from Harrick, DeGregorio tenures

Updated: January 31, 2004, 8:34 PM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- The University of Rhode Island has reported six possible rules violations by its men's basketball program to the NCAA.

The school, following an internal investigation which began last March, acknowledged possible violations during the coaching tenures of Jim Harrick and Jerry DeGregorio from 1997-2000. The violations were announced by the school Saturday. They included a coach giving about $250 in cash to a player and a former secretary in the men's basketball office typing course papers for players.

It also acknowledged several players used telephones and computers in the men's basketball office without authorization, and a member of the coaching staff gave a ride to a player.

Other instances were also reported to the NCAA, though the school did not have sufficient evidence to qualify them as violations.

"I believe the university has made a diligent effort and conducted a thorough review of information about possible violations," university president Robert L. Carothers said.

The university said in a statement that it would not provide more details about the inquiry, which is ongoing, its findings or possible punishment.

What happens next "depends on the NCAA process ... on how they evaluate the report we just submitted" spokeswoman Linda Acciardo said.

The NCAA could not immediately be reached for comment.

The investigation followed allegations by former men's basketball secretary Christine King in 2002, who said Harrick had grades changed for players, had student managers write papers for players and arranged for players to receive lodging, cars and money from boosters. She also alleged that his son, assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr., falsified hotel and meal reports for recruits.

Harrick Sr., who was coach of the Rams from 1997 to 1999, resigned as coach of Georgia last year when allegations of illegal payments and academic fraud surfaced.

DeGregorio succeeded Harrick at Rhode Island. He stepped down in 2001 and was replaced by current coach Jim Baron.

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