The NCAA has completed its preliminary inquiry of the basketball program at Nevada-Las Vegas and is expected to lodge charges of major rules violations against national champion Runnin' Rebels, according to a published report.
NCAA enforcement officials have prepared a list of charges and could send it to the university in a matter of weeks, the Los Angeles Times reported in today's editions. Some of the allegations are "major," an anonymous source familiar with the inquiry told The Times.David Berst, the NCAA's assistant executive director for enforcement, declined to comment on the status of the case, which stems from UNLV's recruitment of former New York high school star Lloyd Daniels.
Daniels signed a letter of intent to play at UNLV in April 1988, but was barred from playing for the school by Coach Jerry Tarkanian after being arrested on drug charges.
Athletic Director Brad Rothermel, who announced June 13 that he will resign at the end of the year, reiterated his view that UNLV is facing charges of secondary rules violations only.
"I'm still not aware of a major infraction, but your sources might be better than mine," he told the newspaper. "From my conversations - the ones among those of us who have been involved in the process - I'm not aware of possible major infractions."
NCAA enforcement guidelines distinguish between secondary infractions, those that provide only a limited recruiting or competitive advantage, and major infractions, those that provide an extensive recruiting or competitive advantage. Repeated secondary violations can also be viewed as a major violation, according to NCAA rules.
Once the NCAA presents its list of charges, UNLV will have 60 to 90 days to prepare a response for the NCAA Committee on Infractions. After a hearing, the committee will rule on the allegations and determine penalties, if necessary.