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Penders Sees Conspiracy Controversial Texas Coach Claims He Knows The Culprit

Mon., March 30, 1998

Things can get ugly deep in the heart of Texas.

While San Antonio is trying to bask in the glory of a Final Four and proving to be an outstanding host - there are strange things brewing about an hour north along Interstate Highway 35.

Texas coach Tom Penders is involved in a real-life soap opera that gets stranger every day. Penders’ career remained in limbo this weekend after Texas officials delayed a report of an internal inquiry focusing on the unauthorized release of freshman guard Luke Axtell’s grades.

There was a strong feeling that Texas delayed its announcement in an effort not to upstage the Final Four.

But the Penders story remains the major headline in Texas. And it took another bizarre twist on Friday night, when Penders told a Dallas television station he believes someone is trying to get him fired. Penders didn’t name the person, but he said he knows who it is.

“Somebody’s behind this. There’s somebody talking to these kids, somebody orchestrating this,” he said in an interview in his hotel room in San Antonio, where he is attending the Final Four. “I know who this person is, and I hope, in the end, this person will be exposed.”

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