Fairfield investigation finds no major NCAA violations

Updated: December 16, 2004, 3:35 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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