Cleveland State basketball coach Kevin Mackey, arrested Friday night on a charge of driving while intoxicated as he left a suspected drug house, was suspended without pay.
Mackey, 43, and a companion were stopped a half-block from the house and arrested about 8:30 p.m. Friday, Lt. Michael Thome of the Cleveland police narcotics unit said.
Jan P. Muczyk, the university's senior vice president for resource planning and campus operations, said President John A. Flower suspended Mackey -- who on Wednesday signed a two-year contract worth in excess of $175,000 -- without pay indefinitely. The university could conduct its own investigation, Muczyk said.
Mackey's companion, 36, whose name was not disclosed, has a history of soliciting and assault, police said. She was held on suspicion of narcotics violations. Police said they found drug paraphernalia and what was believed to be heroin in her purse. . . .
The NCAA has completed its preliminary inquiry of the basketball program at Nevada-Las Vegas and is expected to lodge charges of major rule violations against the national champions, according to the Los Angeles Times.
David Berst, the NCAA's assistant executive director for enforcement, declined to comment on the case, which stems from UNLV's recruitment of former New York high school star Lloyd Daniels.
Athletic Director Brad Rothermel, who announced in June that he will resign at the end of the year, reiterated his view that UNLV faces charges of secondary rules violations only. . . .
University of Colorado tailback Eric Bieniemy has been charged with three misdemeanor counts -- harassment, giving false information, interfering with fire personnel -- for his alleged involvement in a skirmish at his parents' home during a Fourth of July party.
When Aurora (Colo.) fire crews arrived at the house, the occupants had nearly extinguished the blaze, which was touched off by careless disposal of fireworks, officials said.
But when firefighters began making holes in a wall in the garage to check for possible extension of the blaze, an alleged altercation erupted between Bieniemy and Lt. Donald McBreen. Officials said Bieniemy was upset because he didn't want further damage to the house.