Originally created 09/18/02

NCAA wants Clemson to resolve questions before certification complete



CLEMSON, S.C. -- An NCAA panel has given Clemson a year to address problems in its athletic department before renewing its certification.

The NCAA wrote to Clemson University President James Barker of four concerns:

- Clemson's commitment to minority opportunities and recruiting minority employment candidates;

- Clemson makes too many admissions exceptions for athletes;

- Clemson does not have a written policy to minimize athletes' conflicts with class time;

- Clemson did not file a necessary financial audit document.

The NCAA committee's questions were reported by The State of Columbia.

Certification is a mandatory process for all NCAA member schools.

Barker said in a letter dated June 12 that Clemson will increase full-time minority employees in the athletic department to 30 percent. Barker said measurable progress will come by 2005-2006 and full implementation by 2010.

Clemson director of NCAA compliance Becky Bowman says the school has a written policy on athlete class conflicts and had the audit document in question. She said it was an oversight that the information was not given to the certification committee.

Bowman says Barker and new athletic director Terry Don Phillips are committed to resolved the NCAA's concerns.

The NCAA asked Clemson for a progress report on its minority hiring issues by May 1. The school must report on the NCAA's other issues by June 1.