Friday, January 7, 2005
Barton County Community College faces sanctions
WICHITA, Kan. -- A former community college coach charged with providing
false information about athletes to several schools pleaded not guilty Thursday
to 36 counts of embezzlement, fraud and theft of federal funds.
Ryan Wolf, 32, who also is charged with illegally providing athletes with
financial help and academic credentials, was released on his own recognizance
after a brief appearance in federal court. He also faces a criminal forfeiture
count seeking $89,615.
Later Thursday, the central Kansas junior college said the men's basketball
team can finish its regular season but can't participate in the Jayhawk
Conference Championship or any other postseason tournament.
Wolf allegedly provided false information about athletes to officials at
Missouri, San Jose State and BYU.
An indictment charged that from May 1998 to June 2003, Wolf recruited
athletes -- including former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons -- to play for the
junior college, then used his faculty position to get them grants they were not
qualified to receive and campus jobs that paid them for work they did not
The indictment also claims Wolf mailed transcripts containing false
information that made players appear academically eligible for play at NCAA
Division I schools, forged player signatures on Pell grant checks and defrauded
Barton County Community College by falsely stating athletes had received their
high school equivalency degrees.
The college, as part of the self-imposed sanctions made in consultation with
the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Jayhawk Conference,
also will determine if ineligible players were used between 1998 and 2003. If
so, the school must forfeit any affected games and championships and return any
money it received for participating in affected postseason games.
The school also must reduce the number of out-of-state basketball athletes
it certifies for competition from six to five for the 2005-06 season.