Sunday, June 13, 2004

UC not worried about NCAA



By Bill Koch
The Cincinnati Enquirer

University of Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin said Saturday that basketball coach Bob Huggins was not drinking with a recruit or the family of a recruit before he was arrested on drunken-driving charges Tuesday night.

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The Fairfax police report quoted Huggins as saying he had been with the family of a recruit earlier in the day.

If Huggins, who said he had been at Martino's in Corryville before attempting to drive home Tuesday, had been with a recruit and his family at an off-campus establishment, it could have been an NCAA violation because this is a quiet period on the recruiting calendar.

But Goin said the school checked out the story about the recruit and that he was confident no violation had been committed.

Goin said Huggins told him, " 'That's bull.' And I believe him.

"I've never had him tell me anything that wasn't true," Goin said. "We'll probably be proactive (with the NCAA) on that and say it was erroneous."

Associate athletic director Brian Teter confirmed that there had been a recruit and his family on campus that day making an unofficial visit, and that the family had lunch with Huggins at a UC dorm, with the family paying for their own lunch.

That's legal under NCAA rules, as long as the contact is limited to campus.

ESPN.com identified the recruit as Kyle Madsen from Dublin Coffman High School near Columbus. Madsen could not be reached for comment Saturday night.

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