Some Memphis State University football recruits -- including one who transferred from Maryland -- might have received cars, cash or tuition fees from university supporters, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.
The newspaper quoted unidentified members of the Highland Hundred in the article that raised questions about the recruiting of three Tigers football players and suggested that NCAA rules were violated. Memphis State Athletic Director Charles Cavagnaro said he investigated the charges and determined that there were no such violations.
The Commercial Appeal article said reporters interviewed five members of the Highland Hundred who confirmed the existence of a fund used to lure recruits to Memphis State. According to the sources, $2,100 from the fund was used in March 1984 to pay tuition for Tim Borcky, a lineman who transferred to Memphis State from Maryland.
The newspaper said it had learned the NCAA is investigating the circumstances of Borcky's transfer and said Maryland Coach Bobby Ross had filed a complaint with the NCAA accusing Memphis State of tampering with Borcky while he was at Maryland.
"I had severe questions regarding this case and I still do," said Ross, who released Borcky to play at Memphis State.
Ross told the Commercial Appeal a Memphis State booster sent him threatening letters and contacted some Pennsylvania high school coaches in an attempt to damage Maryland's recruiting.