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Kansas Player May Have Broken Law

January 23, 1998

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Kansas basketball player Lester Earl might have broken the law by signing documents at LSU stating that there were no irregularities in his recruitment there, the district attorney said.

The NCAA has filed 10 allegations against LSU, among them that Earl accepted $6,600 in cash from an assistant coach and that LSU improperly helped some of Earl’s relatives find jobs.

Earl, who played briefly for LSU before transferring to Kansas, has been given limited immunity by the NCAA to provide information about alleged irregularities in his recruitment.

The LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday said an investigation should be completed by April 16.

``The university will take all action necessary to ensure the integrity of its athletics programs,″ board member Jack Andonie said in a prepared statement.

After signing a grant-in aid with the school, Earl also signed two documents saying there were no irregularities in his recruitment, according to LSU athletic director Joe Dean and associate athletic director Bo Bahnsen.

East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney Doug Moreau said filing a false document could amount to filing a false public record, which is a violation of state law.

Meanwhile, the NCAA has accused an attorney who has worked for the LSU athletic department of performing free legal services for Earl’s mother.

The NCAA said that Carol Earl Sanders received free legal service from Nathan Fisher after her son had an accident in her car. She allegedly sought Fisher’s help after her insurance had been mistakenly canceled and the company refused to pay.

Fisher said he has documents showing that he did not represent Sanders. He said Sanders came to his office but he referred her to someone else.

``If the NCAA documentation of the rest of their allegations is as inaccurate as the things regarding me, I think the NCAA has a problem,″ Fisher said.

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