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NCAA interviews two businessmen about Ole Miss recruiting

February 19, 1997

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) _ Two Memphis, Tenn., businessmen have been interviewed individually by an NCAA enforcement official apparently looking into possible football recruiting violations by Ole Miss.

Roy Adams and Logan Young said they met individually last week with NCAA enforcement representative Ed Lupomech.

Young, an Alabama booster, said he was asked about the recruitment of Terrence Metcalf, who signed with Ole Miss after showing interested in the Crimson Tide. Young said he has no knowledge of any wrongdoing in the recruitment of Metcalf.

Adams refused to reveal the questions Lupomech asked.

Ole Miss coach Tommy Tuberville referred all questions to the school’s administration. Athletic director Pete Boone was unavailable for comment.

Chancellor Robert Khayat, responding to the report, told The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, ``I certainly hope that’s not true. This is the first I have heard of that.″

Ole Miss is in the third year of a four-year probation for rules violation in its football program before Tuberville arrived. The team, however, has completed sanctions that included a one-year television ban, a two-year ban on postseason appearances and two years of drastic scholarship reductions.

Any major rules violations found during the probation period could trigger the NCAA’s penalties for repeat violators. That include the ``death penalty,″ a one- or two-year shutdown of the Rebel football program.

The NCAA does not comment about ongoing investigations.