Attorneys for eight former Cal State-Los Angeles athletes have filed a multimillion-dollar suit against the school, claiming "fraud and deceit in the school's student loan and athletic scholarship programs."
Thomas Moore, one of the plaintiffs, said he played on the basketball team under seven names.
"I used Andy Potter, Nathan Tyler, James Butts...I can't remember the rest of the names," Moore said yesterday. "They (coaches whom he wouldn't name) felt this had to be done. I dno't know why. I never took an SAT (Secholastic Aptitude Test for admissions) or an entrance exam. Someone else took it for me. Maybe that's what it was about.
"When I started crying about not getting enough playing time or playing under my own name, they said, 'Do what you're told if you want to stay on the team.'"
The suit claims the athletes were fraudulently deceived into believing that they were attending school on athletic scholarships. Actually they were receiving federal student loans ranging from $2,100 to $6,000.
Each plaintiff reportedly is seeking $1 million in punitive damages and $5,000 per quarter of school attendance. One of their attorneys said some of the students, after attending the college three to five years, are "functionally illiterate."