Arkansas investigating ex-player's accusations

Updated: October 31, 2003, 1:38 PM ET

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas is looking into a former basketball player's claim that Razorback boosters gave him $10,000 and that he didn't attend classes while at the university.

Glendon Alexander, who quit the Razorbacks in 1997, told Sports Illustrated he received improper benefits at Arkansas and at Oklahoma State, where he played after leaving the Razorbacks.

Arkansas contacted the NCAA but got no indication the organization was investigating, university lawyer Scott Varady said Friday.

"I do not sit and judge someone's credibility on something like this," Varady said. "We take everything seriously by saying, 'Here are the allegations. Is there any merit to them or not?"

Oklahoma State athletic director Harry Birdwell said the school looked into the accusations and found nothing.

NCAA spokeswoman Kay Hawes would not say if the governing body is investigating. The NCAA has a four-year statute of limitations on violations but can open an older case if it suspects blatant disregard of rules.

After leaving Arkansas, Alexander played on the Oklahoma State team that reached the NCAA quarterfinals in 2000.

Alexander later was accused of a variety of scams, including the forgery of a check written to a Cowboy teammate and was convicted of federal bank and wire fraud charges. He is scheduled for release from prison in 2006.

According to Sports Illustrated, Alexander said his family received $75,000 in loans from a Dallas sports agent while at Arkansas and Oklahoma State. The ex-player also says he sold his game tickets for a profit.

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