If academic fraud allegations at Tennessee are proven it could bring a harsh penalty, but the school would not have to forfeit its 1998 national football title, a former NCAA official said.

"Academic fraud is one of the more serious violations because it really goes to the whole heart of the student-athlete and the athletic program," said David Swank, immediate past chairman of the NCAA's committee on infractions.

Penalties for teams who have faced similar allegations recently have included probation and loss of scholarships.

Swank noted the national football title is created by the schools and bowl games and "is not an NCAA championship."

LONG HONORED: Howard S Vontrae Long was named MEAC rookie of the week after recovering two fumbles--returning one for a touchdown--in the Bison's 32-20 win over Texas Southern last Saturday.

PROMOTIONS: The Naval Academy has promoted Gene Taylor and Eric Ruden to associate athletic directors and Dave Davis to assistant athletic director.

FORD ARRESTED: North Carolina basketball assistant coach Phil Ford was arrested Monday night and charged with drunken driving, police in Durham, N.C., said. UNC officials said Ford would take a medical leave of absence and receive an evaluation.

OFF THE SLY: Miami of Ohio WR Sly Johnson is out indefinitely with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.