Possible violations occurred under prior staff

CLEVELAND -- The NCAA is investigating possible rules
violations by the Cleveland State basketball program.

Athletic department spokesman Brian McCann said Friday that
staff members being investigated worked for the university before
coach Mike Garland was hired in April 2003 to replace Rollie

Massimino, who led Villanova to the 1985 NCAA title, began
coaching at Cleveland State in 1996.

Cleveland State is cooperating with the NCAA and is conducting a
review of possible violations, athletic director Lee Reed said in a

Massimino could not be reached for comment. Messages seeking
comment were left for listings of Roland Massimino in Jupiter,
Fla., and Lumberville, Pa. Calls to another listing in Jupiter,
Fla., weren't answered.

McCann said the investigation is an informal inquiry. The
university hasn't received an official letter of inquiry from the

"They're letting us conduct the investigation, but they're
working with us," McCann said.

The NCAA doesn't comment on any potential or ongoing
investigations, spokeswoman Kay Hawes said.