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© St. Petersburg Times, published April 21, 2001

Under fire, Penders exits George Washington job

George Washington men's basketball coach Tom Penders resigned Friday, ending a week in which news surfaced of possible NCAA rules violations and charges against a player.

"It's really time for a little bit of a sabbatical," Penders said.

He briefly addressed the possible NCAA violations: "It's so unfortunate those things were happening. It had nothing to do with this decision."

This week, school vice president Robert Chernak confirmed that four players had used the telephone access code of Penders' son, assistant coach Tommy Jr., to make more than $1,400 worth of long-distance calls during the season. Chernak said the calls violated NCAA rules.

Also, newspaper reports said junior forward Attila Cosby is facing nine new misdemeanor charges in connection with a felony rape charge that had been dismissed. The Washington Post reported that Penders knew about the charges in February but did not inform athletic director Jack Kvancz until last weekend. Kvancz did not take questions at Penders' news conference.

MORE COLLEGES: UCLA won its second straight NCAA women's gymnastics championship, overcoming a late fall on the balance beam and Georgia's raucous home crowd. UCLA finished with 197.575 points, Georgia 197.400. Michigan was third at 197.275. Alabama was fourth (196.550), and Nebraska and Utah tied for fifth (196.025). ... Wisconsin placed itself on three years' probation for NCAA rules violations uncovered during an investigation sparked by revelations that athletes received unadvertised discounts at a shoe store. The school also stripped five scholarships over the next three years -- four from football and one from men's basketball. The NCAA could impose more penalties. ... Georgia's Bryant Odom shot 67 in the first round of the SEC men's golf tournament, leading the Bulldogs to 5-under-par 275 and a 10-shot lead over Florida at Sea Island, Ga. ... Three-time defending champion South Florida shot 299 to take a six-stroke lead over Louisville after the first round of the Conference USA women's golf tournament at Birmingham, Ala. Jessica Hayes was tied with Louisville's Katherine Mowat for the individual lead at 1-over 73. ... In women's tennis, USF defeated Cincinnati 4-1 in the C-USA tournament at Hattiesburg, Miss., to advance to the semifinals. Florida State defeated Georgia Tech 4-2 to gain a semifinal spot in the ACC tournament at Orlando. Florida defeated Alabama 4-0 to advance to the SEC tournament semis in Starkville, Miss. ... In men's tennis, USF advanced to the C-USA semis in New Orleans with a 4-2 win over DePaul. ... In baseball, Mike Rabelo's run-scoring groundout was the difference as visiting Tampa defeated Barry 1-0.

TENNIS: Martina Hingis beat Amelie Mauresmo 7-5, 6-2 in the Family Circle Cup at Charleston, S.C. Hingis, the top seed, joined No. 2 Jennifer Capriati in today's semis. Capriati defeated unseeded Elena Likhovtseva 7-5, 6-4.

WINTER SPORTS: The Finnish Ski Association banned for two years six cross-country skiers who failed drug tests at the World Championships, and it banned the coaches and physicians involved for life.

-- Compiled from Times wires.

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