Louisiana State officials said yesterday they expect Alfredo (Tito) Horford, a 7-foot-1, 245-pound prep basketball star from Houston, to start classes today, ending a recruiting war among several major schools.
"I received word today that Tito Horford's high school transcript had arrived in our office of admissions," said LSU Athletic Director Bob Brodhead. "It is being evaluated by admissions personnel, and as soon as we have an answer from them, we are hopeful that Tito will have registered for classes by the end of the day."
Horford has been in hiding in the state capital since Monday, when, in a surprise move, he drove to Baton Rouge from Houston with a friend. Since this is a "dead" recruiting period under NCAA rules, Horford can be recruited in person only when he is on a college campus. Recruiting by telephone and mail is allowed; in-person recruiting off campus resumes Sunday.
Horford, a native of the Dominican Republic, averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots a game at Houston's Marian Christian High School last year. He signed a letter of intent with the University of Houston last fall. The NCAA ruled Horford ineligible to play at Houston because of irregularities in his recruitment. The NCAA said Horford is free to enroll at any school except Houston. Houston has appealed.
Horford charged in a recent interview that LSU Coach Dale Brown had offered illegal inducements to his family, adding that he would rather attend a junior college than LSU because of statements by Brown about Horford wanting a car and money. No comment from Brown . . .
In Tulsa, court hearings may clear up a complex business scheme and determine whether several University of Oklahoma athletes received money illegally from agents while playing for the Sooners.
If documents from the Inter-South Sports Management company to be presented at the hearings are valid, Oklahoma -- No. 1 in the preseason wire service football polls -- would be in violation of NCAA rules and could be placed on probation.
In a copyrighted series, KTUL-TV in Tulsa claims some signatures on sports contracts are authentic, others are forgeries. The disclosures stem from a suit brought by Triad Bank in Tulsa against Inter-South, operating in several Oklahoma cities.
Names on the documents include former Oklahoma football players Danny Bradley, Buster Rhymes, Alvin Ross and Paul Clewis, plus basketball players Wayman Tisdale, now a pro, and Shawn Clark, a senior from Brandywine, Md.