No Violations Found at Michigan
Oct. 09, 1997
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ The University of Michigan said today that an outside investigation of its basketball program has found three minor but no major violations of NCAA rules.
The seven-month investigation focused on the conduct of a team booster, Eddie Martin, and allegations that he gave cash and gifts to current and former Wolverines players.
Athletic director Tom Goss said Martin refused to cooperate with investigators. Some former athletes who were alleged to have benefited from Martin also declined to assist in the investigation, the firm reported.
But Goss told reporters they found no confirmation of the major allegations.
``We are extremely gratified there are no major violations found in these 250 pages,'' he said.
Martin has said earlier that he never gave an athlete an improper gift.
Goss said the report has been turned over to the NCAA but said the association has yet to look into it or the allegations that gave rise to it.
The minor NCAA rules violations found included the giving of a birthday cake to a player and a trip by a parent to a game, Goss said.
More than 50 people were interviewed in the investigation, the university said.
The investigation was conducted by Bond, Schoeneck and King, a Kansas City, Kan., law firm hired by the university.
The law firm, whose staff includes several former high-ranking NCAA enforcement officials, has focused on the 63-year-old Martin, a retired autoworker.
Goss said today that he has made no decision on the future of coach Steve Fisher. The university had said Fisher's status was not a topic of the news conference.
``We have not really reviewed this report thoroughly with coach Fisher,'' Goss said.
In March, then-athletic director Joe Roberson told Fisher in a letter that he was disappointed in his handling of Martin. Goss took over last month with a mandate to clean up the image of the Michigan athletic program, once regarded as squeaky clean.
The university banned Martin from associating with its sports programs in March, after an internal investigation showed he was involved in two minor violations of NCAA rules. Michigan officials said their investigation could not prove more serious allegations that Martin had given cash to players.
The university hired Bond, Schoeneck and King a week later to conduct the independent probe.