The district attorney says he still hasn't gotten to the bottom of the Tulane University point-shaving case. "There are others out there who need to be scrutinized," Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick said.
But today was devoted to reacting -- to reported details of the scandal, to accusations and to Tulane President Eamon Kelly's announcement Thursday that he plans to ask abolition of Green Wave men's basketball.
Kelly said his decision was prompted by discovering, on top of the alleged fixing of point spreads, that coach Ned Fowler paid several players money in violation of NCAA rules. The point-shaving investigation has produced indictments against three players and five other persons on a total of 20 counts.
Investigators allege that Clyde Eads, a senior forward, went to senior business major Gary Kranz looking for cocaine. The two became friends, and within two weeks, the conversations had turned to point shaving, they said.
At Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., Coach Tom Green said today he was "appalled" by a report that he paid a high school star $10,000 to attend Tulane while he was a basketball assistant there in 1981.
In a copyright report, the Times-Picayune States-Item of New Orleans, citing unidentified sources, said Tulane player John Williams had told investigators Green came to his home in Sorrento, La., and gave him a shoebox loaded with $10,000. Williams is one of those charged with shaving points in games this February.
"It is simply untrue," Green said in a statement issued by FDU. "I have always worked within the framework of our strict NCAA guidelines, and at no time have I ever wavered from those rules. This is all I have to say regarding that unfortunate situation."
Tulane officials said they will honor basketball players' grants-in-aid if they wish to remain at the university. The seven returning players with NCAA eligibility could transfer to other schools and play without having to sit out a season.
In Atlanta, the executive board of the Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference scheduled a special meeting April 28 to discuss Tulane. The New Orleans school is an independent in football, but a Metro Conference basketball member.
The NCAA, which had named Tulane and the Louisiana Superdome as hosts for the 1987 Final Four basketball tournament, is expected to discuss the matter further at its basketball committee meeting in Newport, R.I., July 7-11.