University Issues Statement On Basketball Investigation

July 25, 2003

Baylor University held a news conference July 25 in the Baylor Law School courtyard to provide information about how the investigation into the men's basketball program will be conducted. Bill Underwood, Baylor law professor and member of the university compliance investigation committee, answered questions from the media.

To view the news conference, go to BaylorTV.com.

The following statement was released at the news conference:

An investigation is under way at Baylor University into allegations of potential infractions of NCAA legislation in the men's basketball program. The university has initiated contact with the NCAA staff regarding the university's investigation, as is customary practice.

The university has a compliance investigation committee, which is a standing committee composed of Law School faculty members Bill Underwood, Michael Rogers and David Guinn. Professor Rogers, who is Baylor's Faculty Athletics Representative, has activated the committee to investigate the allegations.

On behalf of the university, the committee has retained outside legal counsel, former Austin Mayor Kirk Watson, to ensure a full, thorough and credible investigation of these allegations. Mr. Watson has previously represented Baylor University and Texas Tech University in connection with unrelated NCAA investigations.

The committee has been working with Associate Athletic Director Paul Bradshaw and Associate General Counsel Charles Beckenhauer, as well as Baylor's Internal Audit Department, in this investigation.

Additional information will be released as the investigation continues.

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