NCAA expected to clear Andrews
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas has prepared its report to the NCAA on Shawn Andrews, who unknowingly committed a secondary infraction, and the school is waiting for the All-American offensive tackle to make restitution.
Derrick Gragg, Arkansas' senior associate athletic director and the university's compliance coordinator, has the report ready to send to the NCAA, said school spokesman Kevin Trainor.
Andrews was among 24 top college football players who accepted a few knickknacks from a Florida nutritional supplement company last spring at the Playboy All-American awards and photo weekend in Phoenix.
The NCAA notified 21 schools whose players attended the event that their players might have accepted unapproved gifts.
When Andrews pays for a T-shirt valued at $10, the paperwork will be complete and it will be sent to the NCAA. The NCAA is expected to clear Andrews, as it has others.
Trainor said the NCAA shouldn't take very long to clear Andrews and he should be eligible for the Sept. 6 season opener against Tulsa in Fayetteville.
Andrews said he took a water bottle and T-shirt from a gift bag provided by the company. He later returned the water bottle, which was valued at 50 cents.
NCAA rules allow athletes to receive up to $300 worth of goods on such awards trips. Playboy arranged for less than $100 in gifts to go to each All-American player, but one of the event sponsors, MetRx of Boca Raton, Fla., also delivered its own gift bag to the players.
MetRx delivered gift bags to players' hotel rooms without permission, according to Playboy sports editor Gary Cole.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press