Todd Bozo's Legacy: Berkeley Banned from Tournament

Todd Bozo's Legacy: Berkeley Banned from Tournament

Post by Matthew J. Norri » Fri, 18 Jul 1997 04:00:00


        Well, it's official - - the hammer fell on the Golden Bears today
as the NCAA put them on three years probation and let them know that
they needn't show up for postseason play in 1997-1998.  This stems, as most
of you know, from substantial rules violations and irregularities during
the tenure of disgraced former coach Todd Bozeman, which included cash
compensation for several players.  

        This news is at once heartening and unfortunate.  It's heartening
because it's good to see a reprobate like Bozeman dealt with appropriately.
Especially satisfying was the news that he has been personally suspended
from NCAA coaching for at least five years - - not that anyone outside of
Fresno State would rush to give a slimy, ethics-free mercenary like him a
job in any case.

        However, the news is somewhat sad because Ben Braun is a hell of
a coach, and, from all accounts, a genuinely nice guy, and it's too bad that
Bozeman's arrogant disregard for the rules of the institution of college
basketball has to come due for payment on Braun's watch.  In addition to
the probation and postseason ban, Braun will have two fewer scholarships to
work with for the near term.  Still, all is not lost for Braun, as he
reportedly had a provision written into his contract to extend it
automatically if something like this were to happen.  It seems that, until
now, only the NCAA hadn't concluded for sure that Bozeman was dirty.

        The Bears will be back.

--
        Matt

 
 
 

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Post by Richard L » Sat, 19 Jul 1997 04:00:00


:       Well, it's official - - the hammer fell on the Golden Bears today
: as the NCAA put them on three years probation and let them know that
: they needn't show up for postseason play in 1997-1998.  This stems, as most
: of you know, from substantial rules violations and irregularities during
: the tenure of disgraced former coach Todd Bozeman, which included cash
: compensation for several players.  

Just one minor point: the penalty the NCAA handed out was for cash
payments (like $30,000 worth of payments) to just one player, Jelani
Gardner.  Pretty scummy, but just pointing out that it was the Gardner
problem which finally nailed Bozeman.

:       This news is at once heartening and unfortunate.  It's heartening
: because it's good to see a reprobate like Bozeman dealt with appropriately.
: Especially satisfying was the news that he has been personally suspended
: from NCAA coaching for at least five years - - not that anyone outside of
: Fresno State would rush to give a slimy, ethics-free mercenary like him a
: job in any case.

8 years, to be exact (until June 1, 2005).  And, speaking of Fresno St.,
since the NCAA hates Tarkanian perhaps even more than Bozeman, if
_anything_ at all is found at Fresno St. in terms of wrongdoing, Tark may
get even harsher punishment.

:       However, the news is somewhat sad because Ben Braun is a hell of
: a coach, and, from all accounts, a genuinely nice guy, and it's too bad that
: Bozeman's arrogant disregard for the rules of the institution of college
: basketball has to come due for payment on Braun's watch.  In addition to
: the probation and postseason ban, Braun will have two fewer scholarships to
: work with for the near term.  Still, all is not lost for Braun, as he
: reportedly had a provision written into his contract to extend it
: automatically if something like this were to happen.  It seems that, until
: now, only the NCAA hadn't concluded for sure that Bozeman was dirty.
:       The Bears will be back.

Well, honestly, I was one of those who weren't sure he was dirty; the only
thing I was sure of was that he was a rotten head coach with very poor
media skills.  But, yes, now, I think the case is closed and he probably
has to rank, along with Tarkanian, as one of the dirtiest coaches in
college basketball history (now, I'm wondering why the hell did Lou
Campanelli ever hire Bozeman as an assistant in the first place?  didn't
he check references on Bozeman?).

By the way, there are actually a couple more penalties:

1) Cal has to return 90% of its revenue from the 96 tourney (only 54k cuz
Cal only played one game...against Iowa St...and lost).

2) Cal has to forfeit any games in which Jelani Gardner played his two
seasons...so now Bozeman's record for those last two years is a whopping
2-53 (Bozeman didn't play Gardner in 2 of Cal's wins...actually, I
personally think Cal woulda won more games if Jelani had sat on the bench,
period, but hey, Bozeman never was a genius in terms of having a rotation
or any semblance of a game plan either).

Richard Lee
--
"You can't spell P-E-N-I-S without ESPN!"  
        -- seen on a sign held by a student in the stands during the Utah
           at Colorado St. basketball game, televised by ESPN.

 
 
 

Todd Bozo's Legacy: Berkeley Banned from Tournament

Post by Jason Eshlem » Sat, 19 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>  Ben is a GREAT coach, yes, you will be back.  I wonder what Rahim got
>to not go to Georgia Tech?  I would have liked to see him and Marbury
>together!

Rahim's recruiting seemed pretty shady in Berkeley.  He said that it was
because of the well known islamic studies program at Cal, and the
supportive muslim community.  Of course, after he left early, a  local
reporter did a survey of the department.  Apparently, after he enrolled,
no one in the department ever saw him.  Cal actually received very slight
sanctions for irregularities in his recruitment, losing recruiting
visits last year.  I wouldn't be the least bit surprised  if he and Kidd
were both paid to attend Cal.  

Braun will weather the storm.  His contract had a clause extending in a
year for every year Cal went on probation as a result of Bozeman's
wrongdoings.

-Jason

 
 
 

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Post by Bruce Brow » Sat, 19 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

>                The Bears will be back.

> --
>         Matt

  Ben is a GREAT coach, yes, you will be back.  I wonder what Rahim got
to not go to Georgia Tech?  I would have liked to see him and Marbury
together!

--
Bruce Brown, CLU

"WE HAVE A GREAT BUNCH OF OUTSIDE SHOOTERS.  UNFORTUNATELY,
ALL OF OUR GAMES ARE PLAYED INDOORS." - Weldon Drew

 
 
 

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Post by Richard L » Mon, 21 Jul 1997 04:00:00



: >  Ben is a GREAT coach, yes, you will be back.  I wonder what Rahim got
: >to not go to Georgia Tech?  I would have liked to see him and Marbury
: >together!
: Rahim's recruiting seemed pretty shady in Berkeley.  He said that it was
: because of the well known islamic studies program at Cal, and the
: supportive muslim community.  Of course, after he left early, a  local
: reporter did a survey of the department.  Apparently, after he enrolled,
: no one in the department ever saw him.  Cal actually received very slight
: sanctions for irregularities in his recruitment, losing recruiting
: visits last year.  I wouldn't be the least bit surprised  if he and Kidd
: were both paid to attend Cal.  

As sad as it is, now that the truth has come out about Bozeman, I'm
inclined to believe this (and all the other rumors as well).  You know,
lots of students heard rumors about friends who worked in the financial
aid office and who saw Kidd's file and others' files...which showed some
serious strangeness.  Before, I dismissed that as just talk; now, I'd
guess they are true and they possibly did get payments from Bozeman and/or
others.  And, I also think the players, including guys like Jelani
Gardner, knew everything about the payments, but that's another story.

Richard Lee
--
"You can't spell P-E-N-I-S without ESPN!"  
        -- seen on a sign held by a student in the stands during the Utah
           at Colorado St. basketball game, televised by ESPN.

 
 
 

Todd Bozo's Legacy: Berkeley Banned from Tournament

Post by James C. Armstro » Wed, 23 Jul 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>    Well, it's official - - the hammer fell on the Golden Bears today
>as the NCAA put them on three years probation and let them know that
>they needn't show up for postseason play in 1997-1998.  This stems, as most
>of you know, from substantial rules violations and irregularities during
>the tenure of disgraced former coach Todd Bozeman, which included cash
>compensation for several players.  

Sorry to contradict you, Matt, but the NCAA cited payments involving
only one player.  Still, it was henious enough that the NCAA Infractions
Committee said it was one of the worst violations they've seen in
recent years.

--
James C. Armstrong, Jr.         | Access the college tournament scores


Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

 
 
 

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Post by Matthew J. Norri » Wed, 23 Jul 1997 04:00:00



Quote:


>>        Well, it's official - - the hammer fell on the Golden Bears today
>>as the NCAA put them on three years probation and let them know that
>>they needn't show up for postseason play in 1997-1998.  This stems, as most
>>of you know, from substantial rules violations and irregularities during
>>the tenure of disgraced former coach Todd Bozeman, which included cash
>>compensation for several players.  

>Sorry to contradict you, Matt, but the NCAA cited payments involving
>only one player.  Still, it was henious enough that the NCAA Infractions
>Committee said it was one of the worst violations they've seen in
>recent years.

        That's all right, James; I should have been more clear.  While the
NCAA was apparently only able to prove violations involving Gardner, there
were serious allegations of irregularities involving other players as well,
including Fowlkes and Abdur-Rahim (with respect to the recruiting of the
latter).  It's possible that these were without merit, but I'd rather give
Berkeley and NCAA the benefit of the doubt than Bozo.

        As for the Gardner matter constituting a heinous violation, you're not
kidding.  $30,000 in cash??  Lord.  

--

        Matt

 
 
 

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Post by Jason Eshlem » Wed, 23 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Quote:




>>>    Well, it's official - - the hammer fell on the Golden Bears today
>>>as the NCAA put them on three years probation and let them know that
>>>they needn't show up for postseason play in 1997-1998.  This stems, as most
>>>of you know, from substantial rules violations and irregularities during
>>>the tenure of disgraced former coach Todd Bozeman, which included cash
>>>compensation for several players.  
>>Sorry to contradict you, Matt, but the NCAA cited payments involving
>>only one player.  Still, it was henious enough that the NCAA Infractions
>>Committee said it was one of the worst violations they've seen in
>>recent years.
>    That's all right, James; I should have been more clear.  While the
>NCAA was apparently only able to prove violations involving Gardner, there
>were serious allegations of irregularities involving other players as well,
>including Fowlkes and Abdur-Rahim (with respect to the recruiting of the
>latter).  It's possible that these were without merit, but I'd rather give
>Berkeley and NCAA the benefit of the doubt than Bozo.
>    As for the Gardner matter constituting a heinous violation, you're not
>kidding.  $30,000 in cash??  Lord.  

As a Bay Area sportswriter put it, 30K for Gardner is the athletic
equivalent of the military's $7000 toilet seat.

The NCAA was not "only about to prove violations involving Gardner",
however, this investigation was only about Gardner.  As the university
and the Athl. Dept. never "lost administrational control" the
investigation only involved the Gardner affair.  The irregularities
surrounding Folkes and Abdur-Rahim had already been heard by an NCAA
investigative committee.  Folkes was suspended for half a season for
taking an illegal "loan" from a sports agent, who also claimed to be
Jelani Gardner's "uncle".  He was spared further sanctions and the team
was spared any punative damages because once the error was brought to
their attention, it was "corrected" and indeed the agent had been a
friend of the family prior to Folkes' decision to go to Cal.  A shady way
to weasle out, but not unreasonable.  

Abdur-Rahim's recruitment irregularities, involving payments from
Abdul-Rauf for a visit to Cal and contact with a student in the Islamic
Studies dept that may or may not have been connected to the
university athletic dept. (my very reliable sources say he was, and
Bozeman and several Cal Hoop alum were well aware of this), cost the team
2 recruting visits for last season.

I wouldn't doubt for a moment that either had received cash in return for
playing for Cal, but so far, the NCAA has not investigated such, nor do
they have any plans to further investigate Cal's program.

-Jason

 
 
 

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Post by Troy Merkli » Wed, 23 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:



> >       Well, it's official - - the hammer fell on the Golden Bears today
> >as the NCAA put them on three years probation and let them know that
> >they needn't show up for postseason play in 1997-1998.  This stems, as most
> >of you know, from substantial rules violations and irregularities during
> >the tenure of disgraced former coach Todd Bozeman, which included cash
> >compensation for several players.

> Sorry to contradict you, Matt, but the NCAA cited payments involving
> only one player.  Still, it was henious enough that the NCAA Infractions
> Committee said it was one of the worst violations they've seen in
> recent years.

Which is a strong statement from David Berst, considering his time at
Oklahoma.  Oh well, I guess he did say "recent" years.   8-)
Quote:
> --
> James C. Armstrong, Jr.         | Access the college tournament scores


> Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

 
 
 

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Post by Troy Merkli » Wed, 23 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:





> >>      Well, it's official - - the hammer fell on the Golden Bears today
> >>as the NCAA put them on three years probation and let them know that
> >>they needn't show up for postseason play in 1997-1998.  This stems, as most
> >>of you know, from substantial rules violations and irregularities during
> >>the tenure of disgraced former coach Todd Bozeman, which included cash
> >>compensation for several players.

> >Sorry to contradict you, Matt, but the NCAA cited payments involving
> >only one player.  Still, it was henious enough that the NCAA Infractions
> >Committee said it was one of the worst violations they've seen in
> >recent years.

>         That's all right, James; I should have been more clear.  While the
> NCAA was apparently only able to prove violations involving Gardner, there
> were serious allegations of irregularities involving other players as well,
> including Fowlkes and Abdur-Rahim (with respect to the recruiting of the
> latter).  It's possible that these were without merit, but I'd rather give
> Berkeley and NCAA the benefit of the doubt than Bozo.

>         As for the Gardner matter constituting a heinous violation, you're not
> kidding.  $30,000 in cash??  Lord.
>         Matt

One question.  Does anybody (aside from the NCAA) beleive that Gardner
did not know his parents received $30,000 for his 2 years at Cal.  I
hope he got an increase in his allowance.

Troy Merklin

 
 
 

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Post by Matthew J. Norri » Thu, 24 Jul 1997 04:00:00



Quote:

>>        That's all right, James; I should have been more clear.  While the
>>NCAA was apparently only able to prove violations involving Gardner, there
>>were serious allegations of irregularities involving other players as well,
>>including Fowlkes and Abdur-Rahim (with respect to the recruiting of the
>>latter).  It's possible that these were without merit, but I'd rather give
>>Berkeley and NCAA the benefit of the doubt than Bozo.

>>        As for the Gardner matter constituting a heinous violation, you're not
>>kidding.  $30,000 in cash??  Lord.  

>As a Bay Area sportswriter put it, 30K for Gardner is the athletic
>equivalent of the military's $7000 toilet seat.

        LOL.  

Quote:

>The NCAA was not "only about to prove violations involving Gardner",
>however, this investigation was only about Gardner.  As the university
>and the Athl. Dept. never "lost administrational control" the
>investigation only involved the Gardner affair.  The irregularities
>surrounding Folkes and Abdur-Rahim had already been heard by an NCAA
>investigative committee.  Folkes was suspended for half a season for
>taking an illegal "loan" from a sports agent, who also claimed to be
>Jelani Gardner's "uncle".  He was spared further sanctions and the team
>was spared any punative damages because once the error was brought to
>their attention, it was "corrected" and indeed the agent had been a
>friend of the family prior to Folkes' decision to go to Cal.  A shady way
>to weasle out, but not unreasonable.  

>Abdur-Rahim's recruitment irregularities, involving payments from
>Abdul-Rauf for a visit to Cal and contact with a student in the Islamic
>Studies dept that may or may not have been connected to the
>university athletic dept. (my very reliable sources say he was, and
>Bozeman and several Cal Hoop alum were well aware of this), cost the team
>2 recruting visits for last season.

>I wouldn't doubt for a moment that either had received cash in return for
>playing for Cal, but so far, the NCAA has not investigated such, nor do
>they have any plans to further investigate Cal's program.

        No, they probably figure that they've learned all they can, and that
Berkeley has been punished enough.  It's a bit of an uneasy situation for the
NCAA, because Bozo is history, and Braun, from all accounts, is a class guy.
Accordingly, the current sanctions are likely enough - - anything more would be
disproportionate in its impact against the school and its new coach.  

        Besides, how often does the NCAA encounter a star "turncoat" witness like
the esteemed Mr. Gardner, Jelani's father?  ;)

--

        Matt

 
 
 

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Post by Scott Luca » Thu, 24 Jul 1997 04:00:00

    All this is tremendously sad for us Cal fans, but I can't wait to see
the whole drama play out in that "Hoop Dreams"-type film they've been
shooting
about Cal's Anwar McQueen.  It'll definitely be the must-see of the nineties!