David Berst, the chief of enforcement for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, said last night that his organization has no intention at this time of reopening its investigation of the UCLA basketball program.
The UCLA basketball team was placed on two years probation by the NCAA in December for nine infractions of NCAA rules. The Bruins are ineligible for the NCAA tournament this season, as a provision of the probation.
The Los Angeles Times reported in Sunday's editions that a number of former UCLA basketball players say they received cars, stereos, clothes, and airline tickets from booster Sam Gilbert. They also said that Gilbert paid scalpers' prices for tickets and helped arrange and pay for abortions on the players' girlfriends. All are violations of NCAA rules and some are more serious than the infractions for which UCLA was penalized.
Gilbert, 69, a wealthy Encino, Calif., contractor, was said by the Times to have provided such goods and services to UCLA basketball players from 1967 until 1982.
Berst said the NCAA enforcement code includes a four-year statute of limitations unless there is information "to indicate a pattern of willful violations on the part of the institution or individual involved."
Meanwhile, Gilbert told the Associated Press last night that several people quoted by the Times have told him they were misquoted.
"I've gotten more coverage than the President," said Gilbert. "What I'm doing is something which I feel will be a different type of response than you've ever seen before. I'm accumulating a list of all the people who've called me and said they were misquoted."