Attorney Steve Stein said Monday he has been contacted by players on the championship Rebels team about initiating legal action in an attempt to overturn an NCAA ruling that prevents UNLV from defending its national title in the 1990-91 basketball season.
"The probability (of court action) is high and should happen soon," Stein said in an interview with KVBC-TV, Channel 3 in Las Vegas.Any legal action would not involve the university nor would it be linked to the university's plan to appeal to the NCAA to reconsider its Infractions Committee action that bans the Rebels from all post-season play.
Stein made it clear that court action would be solely on behalf of the players.
"They want some action. They are not happy. They are hurt. They feel they should not be penalized for something that occurred when they were 6 or 7-years old," said Stein.
He said the players feel "they are being penalized, not the university and not the coaching staff."
The Las Vegas lawyer did not say whether he would file action in state or federal court and declined to discuss what a suit would allege. Observers speculated litigation could revolve around civil rights violations or possibly seek damages.