The National Collegiate Athletic Association has denied Virginia Tech's request for five more football scholarships next year, saying it doesn't want to cut in half the Hokies' punishment for past violations.

"It would have reduced the penalty to a half-penalty next year," said Thomas Niland, acting chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The Hokies had asked the NCAA last week to give them five more scholarships.

Virginia Tech was penalized 10 scholarships for each of the next two years because of scholarship violations that occurred during the coaching era of Bill Dooley, who quit a year ago.

Brown basketball coach Mike Cingiser faces assault and disorderly conduct charges for confronting a fan who had been heckling his team at a game in California, authorities said.

The charges were filed two weeks ago after the fan, Bill Harvey of Santa Ana, Calif., filed a written complaint with campus police at Fullerton State, the police said.

The incident occurred Dec. 30 during Brown's 106-60 loss to Fullerton State, when Harvey, a rabid fan who has been ejected from games for his antics, began heckling the Bruins players and Cingiser walked over to talk to him, witnesses said.