Report: Former coach alerts NCAA

POCATELLO, Idaho -- An NCAA investigation at Idaho State reportedly was prompted in part by a letter written by a former interim men's basketball coach warning of a booster willing to pay quality players.

The Idaho State Journal reported that former interim coach Deane Martin sent the letter March 6 to athletic director Jeff Tingey a day after Martin didn't get picked as the full-time coach.

The newspaper reported that Tingey responded by telling Martin the letter contained potentially slanderous statements, and that Martin then sent the letter to the NCAA.

The newspaper obtained the letter from a university employee.

Martin, Tingey and the NCAA each declined comment.