TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State is investigating the reported use
of a school employee's car by a football player and the possible
misappropriation of scholarship money, a newspaper reported Friday.
The Arizona Republic said sophomore tailback Loren Wade turned
himself in after using the automobile of a compliance assistant in
the ASU athletic department's compliance and recruitment
Wade, the leading rusher this season for the 4-0 Sun Devils (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP), was suspended indefinitely from the squad before last
Saturday night's game against Oregon State by coach Dirk Koetter
for violating undisclosed team rules.
On Tuesday, ASU Athletic Director Gene Smith announced that the
an internal investigation was being conducted to determine whether there
were any NCAA infractions.
ASU officials won't comment on the ongoing investigation, but
the Republic said the school already has discovered that some
student-athletes received extra money in their scholarship checks.
The compliance assistant -- a 33-year-old woman who worked for
ASU for six years and has a master's degree from the university --
was fired Thursday, according to the Republic.
The woman handled much of the paperwork in the compliance
department and was the liaison between student-athletes and ASU's
financial aid office, the newspaper said.
ASU has hired an outside investigator for its probe and will
report the findings to the Pacific-10 Conference, which is
permitted by the NCAA to police its member schools.
A four-member Pac-10 Compliance and Enforcement Committee
determines whether violations occurred and recommends penalties.