Originally created 02/28/04

Baylor awaits NCAA response



WACO, Texas - After a painful self-examination of a basketball program run amok, Baylor will turn its findings over to the NCAA to decide whether self-imposed sanctions are enough to atone for the misdeeds of former coach Dave Bliss.

The NCAA is under no deadline to address the major infractions acknowledged by the school's internal investigation. Among the violations detailed by the school president Thursday were payments to players and efforts to cover up wrongdoing.

School officials suggest it could take a year for the NCAA to resolve the case. The NCAA could accept Baylor's sanctions, levy harsher penalties or even recommend lesser ones, which would be unusual but not unprecedented.

"There is a sense of relief that we've passed by one of the hurdles," said Baylor law professor Bill Underwood, a member of Baylor's investigation panel. "(But) it's not the end."

School president Robert Sloan will send the findings to the NCAA next week with a list of self-imposed sanctions over the next two years, including reduced scholarships, an extra year of probation and reduced contact between coaches and recruits. The school had already banned itself from postseason play this season.

Sloan also called for new policies for drug testing of athletes, evaluating recruits and administrative housekeeping.

ARIZONA: Salim Stoudamire will be back in the lineup for No. 17 Arizona when the Wildcats try to stop a two-game skid today against Washington State.

Coach Lute Olson said Friday that he had lifted Stoudamire's suspension after one game.

"The reason he will play is I thought we got a very positive reaction out of him," Olson said after meeting with Stoudamire. "He was great on the bench. He was great in the locker room. He was totally supportive and also accepted without question what his penalty was."

Olson announced before Thursday night's game against Washington that the junior had been suspended indefinitely "for failure to meet team responsibilities."

SOUTHERN METHODIST: The school fired coach Mike Dement after nine seasons without an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Dement was replaced on an interim basis by seven-year assistant Robert Lineberg. The search for a permanent new coach was under way, athletic director Jim Copeland said.

PURDUE: Center Ivan Kartelo will sit out part of Sunday's game against Wisconsin as punishment for his arrest in a bar fight.

Coach Gene Keady did not indicate at what point in the game Kartelo would be benched, or for how long.