Williams' AAU coach focus of another inquiry

Updated: November 10, 2004, 2:04 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas freshman forward Mike Williams, one of the top recruits in the country, was held out of the Longhorns' preseason win over Division II Lenoir-Rhyne while the NCAA investigates whether he received improper benefits when he was in high school.

A team spokesman said Williams can still practice and that the decision to hold him out Tuesday night was a precautionary measure.

Williams' attorney, Don Jackson, said the NCAA investigation delves into AAU coach Mark Komara of Huntsville, Ala., and whether Williams and other players on the AAU team received improper travel benefits.

Jackson called the investigation "a fishing expedition" and "a vendetta" by the NCAA against Komara.

"Mike Williams and his family have received no extra benefits," Jackson told The Dallas Morning News. "The NCAA is trying to use a bunch of innocent kids to try to get to Komara, who they've been after for years."

Jackson said NCAA investigators talked to Williams a couple months ago and that the issue in question dates to Williams' sophomore year in high school. Jackson was a McDonald's All-American last season.

Komara has an unlisted telephone number and could not immediately be reached for comment. A message left with his attorney, Dennis Goldasich, was not immediately returned.

Komara has been the subject of previous NCAA investigations.

Last season, Louisville player Marvin Stone missed a few games while the NCAA investigated whether he received improper benefits from Komara.

In April, Komara was at the center of the NCAA's decision to place Auburn on two years' probation with the loss of a scholarship. The NCAA said Komara acted as a representative of Auburn and engaged in improper recruitment.

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