The University of Pittsburgh will declare running back Charles Gladman and defensive back Teryl Austin ineligible because they signed contracts with New York agents Norby Walters and Lloyd Bloom, the Atlanta Constitution reported yesterday.
Gladman will be suspended pending confirmation he signed with agent Walters and Austin will be declared ineligible immediately, NCAA sources told the newspaper. The paper said the action will be announced no later than Friday by university officials and the NCAA was informed of the situation Tuesday.
Pittsburgh Coach Mike Gottfried allegedly uncovered the evidence that Gladman and Austin received money during their junior season in 1986. Gottfried declined to comment on the case.
Last month, Gladman and Austin appeared before a federal grand jury in Chicago that is investigating Walters and Bloom. Both players reportedly denied taking money at that time. But the Constitution said Austin finally confessed late last week that he signed with Walters. Gladman continues to deny he signed a deal with an agent . . .
Suspended USC tailback Aaron Emanuel pleaded not guilty in Pasadena, Calif., to charges he knocked out a member of the university's women's track team and jammed a beer bottle into another student's mouth.
Emanuel, 20, pleaded not guilty to two counts of misdemeanor battery at his arraignment. If convicted of both counts, he will face up to 18 months in jail and $2,000 in fines.