Charges made against Texas A&M's basketball program by former Syracuse player Tony Scott have been retracted by Scott, Aggies Coach Kermit Davis Jr. said.

"Tony has come out in the papers up there {in New York} and has retracted everything he has said," Davis said Monday night, referring to charges reported Dec. 20 by the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Scott told the Syracuse newspaper at the time that his transfer from Syracuse to Texas A&M had been arranged by talent scout Rob Johnson.

He also said Johnson and members of Scott's family had received or would receive air fare to fly from New York to College Station. All those charges, if true, would be violations of NCAA rules.

Speaking to reporters following Texas A&M's 103-82 victory over Centenary Monday night, Davis said: "{Scott} told me that, at the time, he was unhappy at Texas A&M. He lied so that he could get Texas A&M on probation and that he could go somewhere and play immediately."

Davis's remarks appeared in yesterday's Houston Chronicle. There was no comment from Scott in the Chronicle story. The Associated Press could not reach Scott for comment.

Scott, however, appeared to recant his story in interviews published in late December.

"If I said it, it was in a fit of anger," he told the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat & Chronicle. . . .

Willie Brown, a Pro Football Hall of Fame member who played 12 years for the Oakland Raiders, was named head coach at Long Beach State, succeeding the late George Allen. Brown was an assistant under Allen in 1990. Allen died Dec. 31 of a heart attack. . . .

Virginia's Dawn Staley was named Sports Illustrated's female basketball player of the week.

The junior guard had 18 points, 8 assists and 6 steals in an 81-75 victory over Clemson last Wednesday. Saturday, she became the first Cavalier woman to manage a triple-double when she had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a triple-overtime victory over North Carolina State.

Maryland freshman Aluma Goren was named the magazine's rookie of the week.