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Adams Allowed to Finish Season at UT-Pan American

January 4, 1996

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) _ Mark Adams, facing six NCAA rules allegations, will finish the season as head coach of the University of Texas-Pan American men’s basketball team after reaching an agreement Wednesday with the school.

``In the negotiation process, it was decided that it was the best for everyone, especially the student-athlete,″ said Neil Rieke, an assistant to UTPA President Miguel Nevarez. ``We didn’t think it would benefit anyone to have any radical changes at this point (of the season).″

The announcement came after negotiations between the school and Adams’ attorney, John Tippit, amid allegations of rules violations in the basketball program, The (McAllen) Monitor reported.

``I’m going to pursue total vindication and this is the first step,″ Adams said. ``Unfortunately, I had to take legal action to get this decision. Once the process began, it was inevitable that I’d be the coach for the rest of the season.″

Adams was reassigned to the position of assistant athletic director in September after six allegations of NCAA rules violations in the men’s basketball program were revealed.

Assistant coach Tim Thomas was appointed as interim head coach at the time.

The NCAA named Adams in three of the violations and accused him of conducting illegal off-campus basketball camps, arranging for free medical treatment for a player and disregarding school and NCAA instructions on investigative conduct.

Adams has denied wrongdoing, and even offered results of a lie detector test to university administrators as a testament of his innocence.

Adams contends the university is using him as a scapegoat to try to lessen the severity of NCAA sanctions within the men’s basketball program.

In November, Adams filed for an injunction against UTPA and was allowed to return as Broncs coach.

The university has until March 1 to respond to the six allegations. School officials are scheduled to confront the NCAA Infractions Committee in mid-April, in Philadelphia.

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