NCAA tells UA hoops don't worry

There won't be an investigation into claims by jailed former Razorback and Oklahoma State player Glendon Alexander.

The University of Arkansas announced late Monday afternoon that the NCAA has notified it the organization has no intention of investigating allegations by former Razorback and Oklahoma State basketball player Glendon Alexander.

Alexander, now sitting in federal prison in Seagoville, Texas, had alleged among other things that he was paid $75,000 by a sports agent while at the two schools, sold his tickets for money and played despite not attending class at both places.

Alexander, a McDonald's All American and the leading scorer in Texas prep history when he graduated, made the allegations in a story penned by Mike Fish for SI.com.

"We were indeed notified today by the NCAA's Enforcement staff that they had no interest in pursuing allegations made by Mr. Alexander," UA attorney Scott Varady said. "They do not believe there are any basis for these allegations plus the claims do not fall under the time frame (of four years) that allows them to be investigated."

Former Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson , who aoached the player from 1996-1997, described Alexander as "troublesome person, an habitual liar" in the SI.com story.

Alexander sits in the Seagoville Federal Correction Institution, a low-security prison 30 minutes south of Dallas, after being convicted of bank fraud and wire fraud.

His resume is littered with various crimes and cons, with the biggest being transferring nearly $1.5 million from the account of an adult-entertainment industry executive into his account.

He also allegly stole money from former Florida Marlins baseball player Derek Bell and former teammates among others.

Still Varady was quick to point out that the NCAA's announcement doesn't mean the school won't continue its own investigation.

"We don't want anybody thinking we got away with anything just because it didn't fall under the time frame or that we are sweeping it under the rug," Varady said. "We will continue to carefully follow up Mr. Alexander's story because we want to make sure we stomp the fire out so to speak.

"We want to make sure we have institutional control issues covered," Veredy continued. "This is routine when people make allegations. We also will continue our ongoing booster education as we continue to give everything special attention."


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