The father of a former football player at Southern Mississippi says he made up stories about the illegal recruiting practices that sparked investigations by the NCAA and the school. "There was no validity to them," Frank Molden said of allegations, among them a charge that USM gave his son, Fred Molden, a Camaro to sign a letter of intent.

Molden has since transferred to Jackson State. In an interview Monday, his father said he made up the charges to USM president Aubrey K. Lucas to try to get more playing time for his son, who played sparingly at USM for two seasons.

"I had people, coaches at USM even, tell me that Freddy should be starting," Molden said. "So we told them that (about the car) to try to show our point of view that something had to be done with Coach (Jim) Carmody. We were trying to get Dr. Lucas to call in Coach Carmody and us and have a talk." . . .

Tom Shields, a successful Chicago high school coach hired to start the men's basketball program at Clarke College, has resigned before coaching his first game at the Dubuque, Iowa, school.

Shields, who guided Chicago's Providence-St. Mel to the Class 1A state championship this past season, had been working at Clarke since April.