More reports of alleged NCAA violations in the Southwest Conference:
Former University of Houston football players told the Dallas Times Herald they could always rely on Coach Bill Yeoman to give them money. And University of Texas football players, said the Dallas Morning News in a copyright story, routinely sell their complimentary tickets to boosters for up to $600 per ticket.
In the story on Houston, the newspaper quoted former Cougars and other sources as saying a system existed in which Yeoman and his assistants reportedly distributed thousands in cash to players and allowed them to purchase gasoline on the coaches' school credit cards.
School officials have directed Houston coaches not to comment while independent counsel investigates. Houston Athletic Director Tom Ford listened to findings by the Dallas Times Herald but declined to comment, citing the school policy.
Meanwhile, a UH official denied former wide receiver David Roberson's claim that he played for the Cougars although academically ineligible. And Yeoman has denied to university officials he gave cash to players, another administrator told the Houston Post.
As for Texas, the News quoted former players saying Coach Fred Akers not only is aware of the ticket-selling practice but routinely cautions players to be careful not to get the school in trouble with the NCAA. The News interviewed 28 football Longhorns of 1978-86 and said 27 declared ticket-selling is a continuing UT tradition.
Akers denied knowing about such sales. He said he was "a little surprised and disappointed" to learn of it, said he often warned the team against the practice and added, "you don't have to make any mistake about it . . . It will be turned in to the NCAA ."
Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds said the school has used outside counsel to conduct an investigation into the News' allegations, notified the NCAA enforcement division and pledged full cooperation.
In 1982, the NCAA censured Texas and put the university on one year's probation for a $700 ticket transaction involving former wide receiver Johnny (Lam) Jones.