Men’s tennis investigation continues

Officials will turn investigation findings over to the NCAA within 60 days.

Than Tibbetts

Officials said an internal investigation of possible misconduct in the men’s tennis program is continuing.

Officials will turn findings of the investigation in to the NCAA within 60 days, Mark Rotenberg, University general counsel, said in the Star Tribune on Saturday.

He told the newspaper any allegations are not related to academic fraud.

Reached by phone Sunday, University athletics compliance director Frank Kara said he could not comment on the investigation.

Last week, Athletics Director Joel Maturi said the office is investigating a possible NCAA rules violation. He said he could not comment on any possible misconduct.

The Athletics Compliance Office and the Office of the General Counsel are looking into the issue, he said. The Athletics Compliance Office reports to the Office of the General Counsel, headed by Rotenberg.

Last week, Maturi said that anytime a concern or issue is raised, the administration has an obligation to look into it.

The athletics department learned about the allegations several weeks ago. Maturi has confirmed that the investigation is limited to the men’s tennis program.

The University is currently in an NCAA probationary period stemming from 2000 academic infractions involving the men’s basketball program. It also had infractions in 2002, involving the women’s basketball program.

If the University stays infraction-free, the probation period will expire Oct. 22, 2006.