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
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.