NCAA Executive Committee to Rule on UMass Amherst Case at Meeting May 6-8

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts Chancellor David K. Scott announced today he has been informed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that the NCAA''s enforcement staff has determined the University "did not know nor should [it] have known" a former student athlete received benefits from a sports agent while at the University.

In a letter to Scott, William S. Saum, of the NCAA, said the NCAA enforcement staff "appreciates the university''s thorough review of this matter." He said the case would be sent to the NCAA''s Executive Committee for review at its meeting May 6-8.

The committee named by Scott to look into the case consisted of Associate Chancellor Susan Pearson, who chaired the group; Glenn Wong, head of the department of sport studies and the University''s faculty athletics representative to the NCAA; Jeff O''Malley, assistant athletic director for compliance; Jo-Anne Vanin, dean of students and associate vice chancellor for student affairs; Patricia J. Vittum, associate professor of entomology and co-chair of the Faculty Senate Athletic Council; and Linda Bruno, commissioner of the Atlantic 10.

"I must commend the committee chaired by Associate Chancellor Susan Pearson," Scott said. "Their thoroughness and attention to detail has enabled the NCAA to move on this matter with expediency." Scott forwarded the committee''s report to the NCAA in mid-March.

The NCAA is expected to inform UMass of the Executive Committee''s findings shortly after the conclusion of the committee''s May 6-8 meeting.