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Wednesday, August 8
Pac-10 looking into possible minor rules violations

The Pacific-10 Conference is investigating possible minor rules violations by UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin.

UCLA acknowledges that Lavin met with several high school players and their parents at UCLA on July 31, when the players were still competing in a tournament at Loyola Marymount for Los Angeles-based club team Pump-N-Run. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from having contact with prospects during tournaments.

The allegations would be considered secondary violations. Sanctions could include a verbal or written reprimand, or Lavin could be made to take a written test of compliance rules or he could lose a day of recruiting.

Because Pump-N-Run did not finish tournament play until Aug. 1, Lavin should not have met with the players, even at UCLA.

Two players who visited with Lavin are high on UCLA's list of recruits -- forward Brad Buckman of Westlake (Texas) High and point guard C.J. Watson of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman.

"We are looking into the situation," UCLA sports information director Marc Dellins said Wednesday. "When we've gathered all the information, we will forward it to the Pac-10."

The Pac-10 has yet to complete an investigation into more serious allegations of wrongdoing by Lavin sent by e-mail in April to senior UCLA administrators.

Lavin was alleged to have paid players and purchased cars for them, had illegal contact with recruits, provided a player with a personal trainer and bought a car for an independent academic tutor working with recruits. Lavin, who has not spoken publicly about the letter, hired an attorney to determine the origin of the e-mail and pursue legal recourse.

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