Thursday, December 16, 2004
Fairfield investigation finds no major NCAA violations
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield will not be sanctioned by the
NCAA after an independent investigation into its basketball program
found no major violations.
The NCAA accepted the investigation's findings and agreed that
no major violations took place, the school said Thursday.
Last year, several former players accused the coaching staff of
giving cash to players, falsifying drug tests, and doing schoolwork
for members of the team. The school hired a Kansas law firm to look
into the charges.
Attorney Stephen Morgan, who led the investigation, said he
found no credible or persuasive evidence of wrongdoing.
"Two individuals can view a set of facts and come to completely
different conclusions as to what they have seen," he said. "They
might have observed something that caused them to believe a
violation has occurred, when in fact there was an explanation that
doesn't fall outside of NCAA rules."
The investigation turned up some minor violations involving the
"inadvertent" acceptance of extra benefits, Morgan said. Those
violations were reported to the NCAA and resolved before the start
of the 2003-04 season, the school said.
Fairfield is 5-4 this season, and coming off a 68-53 victory
over Harvard on Tuesday.