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College Basketball Referees Planning To Form
Association To Lobby NCAA For More Money
Officials Say Increased Focus On Men's
Basketball Recruiting Predates O.J. Mayo Case
MAYO: The NCAA yesterday said in a statement the Mayo allegations were "new to the NCAA. This information was not available when the NCAA examined Mr. Mayo's academic and amateurism status prior to his collegiate enrollment, and we will review the information in conjunction with the institution and the Pac-10 conference." In L.A., Ben Bolch reports there "could also be criminal investigations," as California law "prohibits sports agents from providing cash or gifts to student athletes" (L.A. TIMES, 5/13). ESPN’s Michael Wilbon said, “If the NCAA had any guts, they would really go after Southern Cal. But they don’t go after big, tough schools” (“PTI,” ESPN, 5/12).
EARLY REPORT: While ESPN's "Outside The Lines'' is credited with breaking the O.J. Mayo story, CBSSports.com has been sending out notices that Gregg Doyel wrote about Mayo's recruitment and possible NCAA violations in a story on its Web site on October 17, 2006 (THE DAILY).
ACC Unlikely To Start Own Network
After Current TV Contract Expires In 2011
SCHEDULE EXPANSION: In Charlotte, Ken Tysiac reports ACC football coaches yesterday left the conference meetings in Florida "with instructions to talk about a nine-game conference schedule with their" ADs (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 5/13). In Jacksonville, Bob Thomas reports ACC men's and women's basketball and football coaches "found little reason to alter the current arrangements, which coincide with" the current TV contracts. ACC Associate Commissioner Mike Finn said that there was "little, if any, support for expanding the conference football schedule from eight to nine games by the league's 12 coaches" (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 5/13).