Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001
Vote delayed on funds for athletes
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Board of Directors on Thursday postponed a vote on a number of proposals, including legislation that would allow athletes to receive money for private lessons and to obtain a one-time $20,000 bank loan based on future earnings.
They also pushed back a decision on legislation that would limit Division I schools to 29 regular-season men's basketball games.
"The board is very interested in putting a limit on the number of contests Division I teams can play," said William E. Kirwan, the chairman of the Division I board of directors. "However, the board had significant concerns about the legislation as it came to us, and we want to give some time for study of all the ramifications."
Kirwan said the board set a moratorium until Aug. 1, 2004, on the certification of new events or the expansion of teams or games in existing events.
During that time, the issue will be studied by the NCAA Basketball Issues Committee, the Certified Events Subcommittee and the Men's Basketball Committee.
BETTING DEBATE: Senators reopened work on a bill to ban betting on college sports, a proposal vigorously opposed by the casino industry as misguided and unfairly targeted at Nevada, the only state that allows such wagering.
Committees in both houses of Congress approved the legislation last year, but Republican leaders never posted the legislation for a floor vote in either chamber.
Some supporters said they believe the bill was buried by casino industry campaign contributions.
HIGH SCHOOLER DECLARES: De Sagana Diop, the 7-foot center for unbeaten national champion Oak Hill Academy in Mouth Of Wilson, Va., declared for the NBA draft. The 300-pounder from Senegal was heavily recruited by Virginia and North Carolina.
ALABAMA: NCAA investigators looking into football recruiting practices reportedly have asked about parties with strippers that some recruits attended. David Paine, a former Crimson Tide signee from Memphis, told the Birmingham News that parties were hosted by former player Fernando Bryant, now with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, and included strippers. ... Freshman forward Gerald Wallace, who passed on the NBA last year when he was a high school star, has made himself available for the June draft.
ARKANSAS: Swingman Joe Johnson, who led the Razorbacks in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore, announced he would enter the NBA draft.
FLORIDA: Senior gymnast Gabby Fuchs joined Mississippi baseball player Lance Jones as recipients of the 2000-01 SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship. Both will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
FSU: School officials submitted a bid to host an NCAA softball region, but because the eight sites historically go to the highest ranked teams, the chances appear to be long. The Seminoles are No. 17 in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/USA Today poll. ... Senior Joe Allen, who won two individual championships at the ACC outdoor championship, was named conference Performer of the Year in a vote by league coaches. Matt Mason was named conference Rookie of the Year.
ILLINOIS ST.: The school extended the contract of men's basketball coach Tom Richardson for four years.
IOWA ST.: Melting snow seeped into the press box at Jack Trice Stadium during the winter and spring, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
KANSAS: Athletic director Bob Frederick, who hired basketball coach Roy Williams and kept him from leaving for North Carolina last season, resigned after 14 years to teach full time.