SYRACUSE, FEB. 12 -- More than six former Syracuse basketball players have been questioned by NCAA representatives as part of a "fact-checking" process into the university's basketball program, according to a source.

An investigator, Hale McMenamin, interviewed former Syracuse starter Matt Roe for about an hour last month, the source said. McMenamin, former assistant director of enforcement for the NCAA, and Roe, now at Maryland, declined comment today.

McMenamin is a part-time investigator with the NCAA, said Janet Justus, who is with the NCAA's eligibility section. His activities were described as fact-checking the newspaper's reports, sources said.

The interviews began in early January following publication of a report in the Syracuse Post-Standard centering on allegations of NCAA rules violations in the program. After a university probe, seven players last week were suspended, but were reinstated a few hours later. More interviews are expected in the coming weeks.

Fact-checking is part of the NCAA procedure to determine whether newspaper reports are accurate, according to a spokesman.

If sufficient cause is found for a further look into the Syracuse program, officials with the NCAA would send a "preliminary inquiry" letter to the institution. The letter would mean a more intense phase has begun.