NCAA says it's waiting for paperwork to rule on possible infraction

Updated: March 15, 2008, 1:04 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The NCAA said Friday that is has not received paperwork from the University of Connecticut and thus has not ruled on a potential secondary violation involving the recruitment of women's basketball player Maya Moore.

On Wednesday, sources told ESPN that Moore, a two-time national high school player of the year, received improper benefits during an unofficial recruiting visit in October, 2005 when UConn's coaching staff arranged for her to take a tour of ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

In a statement, UConn said it has received no penalties. The NCAA said Friday it has not issued a final ruling.

Also Friday, Tennessee coach Pat Summitt neither confirmed nor denied Tennessee's involvement in the case. Two sources told ESPN the NCAA launched its investigation after receiving a complaint from the Southeastern Conference. The SEC asked the NCAA to investigate the allegation that UConn had arranged the ESPN tour after the conference received a complaint from the University of Tennessee. At the time, Tennessee was also recruiting Moore, who starred at Collins Hill High School in Suwannee, Ga.

Summitt, in an interview on Rome is Burning, wouldn't say specifically what prompted her to end the series with UConn and said UConn coach Geno Auriemma knows why the series was ended.

Auriemma declined to speak with ESPN earlier this week about the cancellation of the series or his relationship with Summitt saying, "anything to do with her I want nothing to do with it."

On Wednesday, ESPN acknowledged that it "obliged" UConn when the women's basketball office requested a tour for Moore and her mother. ESPN said it has now changed its policies on such tour requests.

"To avoid future incidents, our tour policy will now prohibit high school athletes from receiving tours at the request of a college or university athletic official," ESPN said in a statement.

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