Baylor faces probe
Less than a week after its women's basketball team won the national championship, Baylor said Monday it has been involved in a three-year investigation with the NCAA into what are believed to be hundreds of impermissible phone calls and text messages sent by coaches to young prospects.
The school did not describe any details of the investigation, including which sports were involved, but the announcement came a few hours after ESPN.com reported that coaches for both the men's and women's basketball programs had made more than 1,200 calls and text messages to prospects over a 29-month span dating to 2008. ESPN.com cited an NCAA report it had obtained.
NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the report had not been released and would not comment.
The NCAA may dole out harsher penalties that those listed in the report, which details a number of self-imposed penalties including barring women's coach Kim Mulkey from recruiting off campus in July and fewer scholarships for both programs.
Trooper took phone calls
The state trooper assigned to protect Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino said he took a call from an unidentified woman to come get the injured coach, then fielded a call from the coach's wife as they were pulling into the hospital, according to a memo. Arkansas State Police Capt. Lance King also said he called Petrino shortly before the police report that landed him in hot water was released to the public last week.
Petrino called athletic director Jeff Long about 20 minutes after receiving that phone call, and he was put on paid leave later that night. Petrino, a married 51-year-old father of four, failed to disclose he had been riding with a female employee half his age when his motorcycle skidded off the road on April 1.
From News Staff and wire service reports