No Baylor comment on report
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Baylor coach Scott Drew declined comment Thursday on a report that the NCAA is investigating his program's recruitment of a high school player from South America.
FoxSports.com has reported that the NCAA is looking into the recruiting of 6-foot-9 Hanner Perea, a junior from Colombia who transferred to LaLumiere High School in LaPorte, Ind.
The website cited multiple sources it did not identify in reporting that Baylor assistant Mark Morefield violated NCAA rules by sending text messages to the player's high school and AAU coaches in July. One allegedly suggested Perea could be sent back to Colombia if he didn't agree to play for Baylor.
"I can't comment," Drew said at the Big 12 media day. "It's school policy."
And in an embarrassment for a program that's been praised for cleaning itself up, LaceDarius Dunn remains suspended from games pending a police investigation into whether he beat up his girlfriend.
Dunn, who averaged nearly 20 points as a junior last season, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault following a dispute with his longtime girlfriend. Authorities said she had a broken jaw, but she denied that and said through an attorney that Dunn did not purposefully strike her.
Dunn has been able to practice and attend classes but cannot appear in games under the present ruling.
"The only thing I will comment on Lace is what we put out in the last release, and that is that he is back in school and we are pleased about that," said Drew. "He is attending practice but he remains indefinitely suspended as far as competition goes until further notice. That's all I can comment on right now because it is a legal matter."
Controversy is no stranger to Baylor. Drew took over in 2003 after a Baylor player, Patrick Dennehy, had been murdered by teammate Carlton Dotson. In the aftermath came an investigation into NCAA violations. Coach Dave Bliss was forced to resign and the Bears served a heavy probation.
Since then, Drew has drawn widespread praise for turning the program around. A year ago, the Bears won a school-record 28 games and went to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years. They're picked fourth in this year's preseason Big 12 poll.
"I think part of life is adjusting and handling ups and downs," Drew said. "I think we do that every day in the sports world from wins to losses to injuries. And with the good comes the bad. Again, I think it is how you focus and how you carry on your attitude. I know the last two weeks have been tough for Baylor basketball. But we're hoping the rest of the season is good."
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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