OVC ENDS SCHEDULING PROBE -No further action expected-
Thursday, August 17, 2006
OVC CONCLUDES TSU SCHEDULING INQUIRY BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher announced today that the Conference has concluded its inquiry concerning the contractual arrangements between OVC member institution Tennessee State University and Division I Scheduling, a California-based company. Division I Scheduling acted as a third party in arranging basketball games between several collegiate institutions, including Tennessee State, which contracted with the company to schedule contests during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 basketball seasons. "Based upon inquiries made by the OVC," said Steinbrecher, "and in consultation with the NCAA enforcement staff, the Conference does not believe the available information supports a finding of a violation of NCAA legislation." Steinbrecher noted that the appearance of news articles in March 2006 raised significant concerns for both Conference and institutional officials and warranted an extensive review. As a result, the OVC conducted an investigation into the matter, utilizing the services of The Compliance Group to assist. In addition, the Conference was in contact with the NCAA enforcement staff. "Based upon our investigation and conversations with the NCAA enforcement staff, we believe no actions should be taken against TSU by the Conference in this matter," said Steinbrecher. "TSU has received extensive, negative publicity over the past few months," said TSU Director of Athletics Teresa Phillips. "We believe the actions of the coaching staff were within NCAA legislation and hope that this release from the OVC office will eliminate any misperceptions." Phillips added that she appreciated the Conference's review and believed it will assist the institution's overall compliance efforts.