NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ James L. Smith, an athletic department official at the University of Memphis, on Monday was appointed athletic director at Tennessee State University, which is under NCAA investigation.

Smith, 58, will join Tennessee State on Aug. 30, after 11 years as assistant athletic director for administration at Memphis.

The move follows a four-month investigation by Tennessee State into eight allegations of infractions of NCAA rules. The allegations dealt with scholarships, recruiting, practice limits, monitoring and coach conduct.

Tennessee State fired Wayne Bell, the school's NCAA compliance coordinator, in June and put head football coach L.C. Cole under a pay freeze and recruiting restrictions in July. The school hopes to avoid harsher penalties from the NCAA, which has scheduled a September hearing on the allegations.

Tennessee State has denied having too little control over the football program, and it took no position on allegations that Cole gave money and free game tickets to a University of Alabama student he was recruiting.

Smith will replace Vivian Fuller, who was fired in December.

He received a bachelor's degree from Fisk University in 1963, a master's degree from Springfield College in 1966 and a doctorate from New York University in 1986.

Smith taught at Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Volunteer State Community College and New York's Brooklyn College and City University before joining the University of Memphis in 1988.