Saturday , Jan , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Rhode Island reports violations to NCAA

Kingston, RI (Sports Network) – The University of Rhode Island reported six
violations of NCAA regulations that occurred in its men’s basketball program
from 1997-2000.

The school came to this conclusion after proceeding with an internal inquiry
sparked by charges made from a former secretary in the basketball program. The
former secretary filed charges against the school in April 2002 for alleged
sexual harassment and alleged violations of the Rhode Island Unfair
Employment Practices Act and the Rhode Island Whistle Blower’s Protection Act.

The NCAA enforcement staff will review the findings and conduct a search of
its own before communicating with the university about the severity of the

“I believe the university has made a diligent effort and conducted a thorough
review of information about possible violations that occurred in the men’s
basketball program,” said URI President Robert L. Carothers. “I felt it was
important to seek outside assistance to ensure an impartial inquiry was
undertaken. Based upon the results, the University believes six violations
occurred, and we have proposed appropriate corrective and punitive actions.”

The school explained the following violations:

(a) Several men’s basketball student-athletes used telephones or computers in
the men’s basketball office without authorization; (b) A coaching staff member
provided transportation to a student-athlete; (c) A coaching staff member
provided approximately $250 cash to a student-athlete; (d) A former men’s
basketball secretary typed a few papers for course assignments for a few
student-athletes; (e) A prospective student-athlete received several
recruiting inducements in the Kingston and Providence areas; and (f) The
institution should have undertaken more effective monitoring of the athletes’
use of the telephones and computers and of the activities of the prospective