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Tulane Probe Shows No Problems

March 31, 2000

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Tulane’s investigation of its football program has produced no evidence of major or secondary NCAA violations, athletic director Rick Dickson said Friday.

``We’re in pretty good shape as far as getting to closure,″ Dickson said. ``I hope to put it to bed next week. To my knowledge, and I’m pretty up to speed on this, I don’t think we’ve found any violations at this point.″

Dickson hoped to study a preliminary draft of Tulane law professor Gary Roberts’ report over the weekend.

Tulane will forward the results of its investigation to the NCAA and reveal its findings publicly once the report is complete.

The six-week-old investigation produced no evidence of misappropriated funds, Dickson said. The investigation focused on some $75,000 of possibly unaccounted for donations and funds related to the football program.

``No, no money is missing,″ Dickson said. ``We’ve been tracing checks and checking on various accounts. They all line up as they should.″

Tulane’s investigation was spurred by an NCAA inquiry into the school’s recruitment of blue-chip running back Ronald McClendon of Ponchatoula.

McClendon attracted attention last fall when he began driving a new car and then opted to sign with Tulane instead of the more high-profile programs that recruited him. McClendon said family members took out a loan to pay for the vehicle.

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