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Violations stem from Harrick, DeGregorio tenures

1/31/2004 - Rhode Island Rams

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.