Notre Dame Athletic Director Gene Corrigan denied the university concocted a story that injuries would cause wide receiver Alvin Miller to miss the 1987 football season to cover Miller's ineligibility for signing with a sports agent.
"There has never been an attempt by anyone at Notre Dame to cover up anything involving Alvin Miller," Corrigan said in a prepared statement.
Corrigan's statement followed a report in combined editions of the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution that Miller admitted to school officials he accepted cash and signed with Norby Walters and associate Lloyd Bloom. Under NCAA rules, that admission made Miller ineligible to play his senior season.
"Any implication of a cover-up presupposes knowledge," Corrigan said in his statement. "I have never talked to Alvin about this situation, and I have no knowledge that he improperly signed with an agent."
Miller underwent knee surgery last year, clouding his prospects for the 1987 season . . .
The state legislatures of Texas and Alabama have passed bills aimed at regulating the activities of sports agents. The bills go to Alabama Gov. Guy Hunt and Texas Gov. Bill Clements.
The Alabama bill would establish a state regulatory commission to license and monitor sports agents. An agent who failed to register in Texas would be barred from contacting athletes within the state. Violations would carry civil penalties up to $10,000 in fines and require reimbursements to clients.