College sports briefs

Published: Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 1, 2003 at 12:05 a.m.

Second-half Saints' run finishes T.C.I.

  • The Santa Fe CC men's basketball team defeated New York's Technical Career Institute 86-57 in the final game of the SFCC Holiday Classic on Tuesday.
    The Saints (16-1) opened the second half with a 20-5 run to seal the victory.
    "We started out the game not playing at the level we wanted," SFCC assistant James Altman said. "Once we raised and maintained our effort on the defensive end, our offense was jump-started."
    Guard Matt Cenatus led the Saints with 23 points, while another Saints' guard, Brian Greene, poured in 21. SFCC, who held leads as large as 32 points, had four players in double figures.
    The T.C.I. Generals (4-5) were led by guard Sheldon Hay's 17 points.
    The Saints now look forward to hosting the Florida JuCo Shootout. SFCC has an opportunity to avenge its only defeat of the season when it hosts the Gulf Coast Commodores Friday at 8 p.m. The Saints lost to GCCC by two points in the Panhandle Classic at Chipola Junior College earlier this year.
    SFCC then plays Okaloosa-Walton CC, the No. 2 team in the nation, at 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Clarett says school officials lied

  • TEMPE, Ariz. - Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett contended Tuesday that school officials lied about why he was unable to go home for the funeral of a friend.
    Clarett criticized the school Monday for giving him "the runaround" when he tried to get an airline ticket home to Youngstown, Ohio.
    Ohio State athletic director Andy Geiger said the university would have looked favorably on the request, but Clarett did not fill out the proper forms to qualify for NCAA emergency funds.
    Clarett said he completed all of the paperwork before he left Ohio on Thursday for Arizona.
    "They can't lie about that," Clarett said. "I won't sit here and let them lie about that."
    The No. 2 Buckeyes meet No. 1 Miami in the Fiesta Bowl on Friday night for the national championship.
    Heather Lyke Catalano, Ohio State's associate athletic director in charge of NCAA compliance, said she was not allowed to comment.
    "I talked to Heather last night and she said he has not filled out the proper paperwork," sports information director Steve Snapp said.
    In a statement released Tuesday night, Geiger said Clarett had not submitted a Free Application For Federal Student Aid Form to Ohio State as of Monday.
    "Maurice may have begun the process but at the time we had to make the decision, there was no indication of a FAFFSA on file for Maurice," Geiger said. "We were therefore compelled to follow the NCAA rules as they apply to the situation."
    Clarett also said university officials put football ahead of life. Geiger disagreed.

    NCAA investigator visits South Carolina

  • COLUMBIA, S.C. - An NCAA investigator has visited South Carolina as part of a probe into the school's football program.
    Jeff Higgins arrived at South Carolina during the week of Dec. 16 and stayed at least two days, meeting with academic and eligibility officials both with the university and the athletic department, school spokesman Russ McKinney said.
    "I need to stress to you again they still have not informed the university that the university's under any formal investigation," McKinney told The Greenville News in a story published Tuesday.
    The NCAA is required to notify a school about its investigation if it determines the university may have violated the organization's rules.
    South Carolina athletic director Mike McGee, who met with Higgins during his visit, said he did not know how much longer the NCAA would continue asking questions about the school.
    "At this point, we are not aware of any violations," MCGee said.
    Reports on an informal probe into South Carolina's football team first surfaced in September.
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