Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox said he has turned over information to Dallas County prosecutors that indicates "possible criminal activity" in the Southern Methodist University football recruiting scandal. "We found information that would lead us to believe there was possible criminal activity that took place within this overall university setting," he told reporters.
Mattox said Dallas County District Attorney John Vance is awaiting additional information from his office before deciding whether to impanel a grand jury or proceed with a formal criminal investigation. The attorney general's office launched an independent investigation in June to determine whether Gov. Bill Clements and other members of the defunct SMU Board of Governors used school money to help conceal the play-for-pay scam.
Mattox said the information given Vance is related to the more than $10,000 discovered missing from SMU athletic funds. Asked if the information implicated members of the Board of Governors, the attorney general said, "Not that we know of yet." . . .
Former Atlanta sports agent Jim Abernethy said he has agreed to a settlement with Texas A&M football coach Jackie Sherrill on the release of his (Abernethy's) contract with two Aggie players who have lost their eligibility.
Abernethy said he signed a release in lieu of receiving a settlement of $5,600 for money he gave to fullback Melvin Collins and $1,500 to offensive tackle Tony Bartley. Abernethy stood by his previous statement that he spent $15,000 to $20,000 in expenses on the players.
"I'm not out to ruin thse guys," said Abernethy. ". . . I just know that this seems like a fair deal for the kids. I don't think their families can come up with that kind of money, $15,000 to $20,000, and I never expected a dime back, but the school says it has to be done." . . .
Senior Mel Kennedy, suspended in September by Virginia basketball coach Terry Holland because of poor class attendance, has been reinstated and will play in the Chaminade tournament starting Wednesday in Hawaii.