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IU gives Knight more time for suit

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published September 11, 2002

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University extended the deadline for Bob Knight to sue the school over his 2000 firing to Oct. 11.

Under state law, the statute of limitations required Knight to take legal action by Monday, the two-year anniversary of the day on which IU president Myles Brand told Knight he was being fired.

IU counsel Dorothy Frapwell said issues regarding Knight's dismissal and contract were still being discussed with his attorney, so it made sense to extend the deadline.

Knight's attorney, Russell Yates, filed notice in March 2001 that Knight might sue the university for wrongful dismissal.

Brand fired Knight for violations of a zero-tolerance policy that university officials had imposed four months earlier.

GEORGIA: Junior forward Steven Thomas was reinstated to the team on a probationary basis after rape charges against him were dropped, but senior guard Tony Cole will not be allowed to return, coach Jim Harrick said.

Thomas' reinstatement includes a three-game suspension that begins when the Bulldogs open the season Nov. 15 against Texas in New York.

Cole, Thomas and football player Brandon Williams, all 21, were suspended from their teams after being accused in the alleged assault of a 19-year-old female student in Cole's dorm room in January. After Williams was acquitted of rape Aug. 24, a charge of aggravated assault with intent to commit rape against Cole and a rape charge against Thomas were dropped.

In a separate incident, a Georgia student has filed a criminal complaint against Cole, accusing him of assaulting her Aug. 19 and making harassing telephone calls to her apartment.

The report said Cole threatened her and tried to punch and kick her during an argument in her car. He has not been charged in the case.

AUBURN: The NCAA is investigating allegations that the men's program improperly recruited a player who signed with another school last spring.

Athletic director David Housel said the university has worked with the NCAA in checking out "some potential situations in our men's basketball program for some time now."

Housel declined further comment, citing school and NCAA policy.

The NCAA has not sent Auburn a letter of inquiry.

Auburn coach Cliff Ellis was on a recruiting trip and not immediately available for comment.

The allegation of improper recruitment was made five months ago by an outside party with no ties to the NCAA or any NCAA school.

An internal investigation by Auburn uncovered several unrelated secondary violations, but the NCAA investigation is continuing.

Auburn's program was found guilty of major violations in 1979 and 1991. Ellis was hired as coach in 1994.

SOUTH FLORIDA: The men's team has filled its schedule and will open the season against Division II Nova Southeastern on Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome. Also, the Jan. 22 home game against Southern Miss has been changed to Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.

La SALLE: The school extended the contract of coach Billy Hahn through the 2007 season. Hahn led the Explorers to a 15-17 record and a semifinal appearance in the Atlantic 10 tournament in his first season.

SOUTHERN CAL: Forward Jerry Dupree has been suspended for the first six games. Dupree, a junior, will be able to practice but will sit out to focus on his priorities, the school said. Dupree averaged 3.7 points and 1.8 rebounds last season.

-- Staff writer Pete Young contributed to this report.

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