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Iowa State to drop scheduling company after report

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa State and a number of college
basketball programs have reportedly been involved in a possible
recruiting scam that steered more than $100,000 to a Los Angeles
business run by a junior college coach.

A CBS Sportsline.com story on Wednesday alleges that D1
Scheduling, a company founded by Los Angeles Community College
coach Mike Miller, might have been delivering LACC players to
Division I schools that paid the company to arrange games.

The report said that D1 Scheduling turned a profit by taking a
significant cut of the money paid by schools looking for opponents.
Schools on the receiving end made far less than they would have if
the games were made without a matchmaker.

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard released a statement
saying the school had no knowledge of potential improprieties when
they entered into scheduling agreements with the company, and that
Iowa State will no longer use D1 Scheduling because of the
appearance of impropriety.

"We're extremely disappointed that our institution has been
cast in a negative light as a result of our men's basketball
scheduling practices the past three years," Pollard said. "I
honestly believe that Iowa State University did not knowingly do
anything wrong as it relates to scheduling these non-conference
games."

According to the report, Iowa State, Iona, Louisiana Tech,
Tennessee State, Howard and Norfolk State have used D1 Scheduling
to arrange matchups with each other. Those schools all have signed
players from LACC.

CBS Sportsline.com reported that Iowa State appeared to be the
centerpiece of the operation, and that under coach Wayne Morgan,
ISU used D1 Scheduling to arrange guarantee games only when the
other school also recruited LACC players.

Most Division I schools do not use outside help when scheduling
games.

According to the report, Iowa State paid D1 Scheduling $40,000
for a home game against Tennessee State last season. But the
company only gave Tennessee State $10,000, much less than it
could've made by simply arranging the game directly with Iowa
State. Three of Tennessee State's top players -- Wayne Arnold,
Clarence Matthews and Kareem Grant -- came from LACC.

This season, Iowa State played host to a four-team tournament in
November. Records show that Iowa State paid D1 Scheduling $125,000
to provide Iona, Howard and Portland State as opponents, but that
Howard only received $13,000 and Portland State $15,000 from the
company. Iona didn't disclose how much D1 Scheduling gave the
school to play the Cyclones.

Iowa State has one LACC player in its roster: reserve Anthony
Davis.

"Iowa State is above this," Pollard told CBS Sportsline.com.
"Other than the Anthony Davis piece, I don't think [Iowa State]
did anything wrong. But the fact that we're associated with
something that certainly has the appearance that is less than
desirable ... that's a concern."

Morgan said he did not commit any violations when he recruited
Davis to Iowa State. He said D1 Scheduling was contracted to help
Iowa State improve its non-conference schedule -- not recruit
players.

"It has not been easy to get highly regarded teams to Ames for
non-conference games," Morgan said in a statement released
Wednesday night. "D1 Scheduling enabled us to secure a good
non-conference schedule at the median market price.

"Everything that I or Iowa State has done relative to
scheduling has been straightforward, honest, and clearly within the
bounds of what is normal in scheduling."

Miller defended D1 Scheduling and its relationship with Iowa
State to CBS Sportsline.com.

"If the angle you're going at is there's some kind of quid pro
quo -- there isn't," Miller said. "Business is business, and
people are allowed to make money. Looks can be deceiving, because
there's no quid pro quo here."

NCAA spokesman Kent Barrett told CBS Sportsline.com that the
organization doesn't comment on potential recruiting violations at
specific schools.

Phone messages left with Miller and the NCAA by The Associated
Press were not immediately returned Wednesday.