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Panel To Investigate Penn Player

December 3, 1997

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The lawyer for University of Pennsylvania tackle Mitch Marrow welcomes the school’s decision to appoint an academic panel to investigate his client’s eligibility.

``An academic committee is basically what should have happened from Day 1,″ lawyer Arthur Marion said Wednesday.

The announcement of the committee came two days after Penn’s athletic department said it would oversee the investigation. Penn provost Stanley Chodorow said the committee will send a report to the Ivy League in 10 days.

Marrow, a 285-pound, all-Ivy League player, had dropped a class and missed some games because of mononucleosis this fall.

He signed up for an independent study course the day before Penn’s final football game this season. The course, arranged by an associate athletic director, gave Marrow the third class needed to meet the NCAA and Ivy League standard for a full-time student.

The case is under investigation by the NCAA. If Marrow is declared ineligible, Penn could forfeit the games in which he played.

The university said the committee would consist of two or three members of the Penn faculty, an administrator and a representative of the school’s general counsel office.

Marion contends Marrow was the victim of a grudge by history professor Bruce Kuklick, one of two professors who complained about the last-minute course registration.

In 1995, Kuklick accused Marrow of plagiarizing a term paper and wanted him suspended from the team, Marion said.

Marrow, 22, of Harrison, N.Y., has declined comment.

Kuklick declined to comment on the 1995 case, but he said the eligibility issue was unrelated.

``This was not a hard call, and it had nothing to do with the individual student,″ Kuklick said. ``All that my colleagues and I did was to uphold the standards of the history department and the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn, and the dean backed us up on our decision.″

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