March 31, 1998 in Sports

Tark Beats Ncaa

Compiled From Wire Services
 

Terry Giles, Jerry Tarkanian’s San Diego-based lawyer and lead counsel in their long-standing suit against the NCAA, is expected to announce a public victory later this week in Las Vegas with a $2.5 million settlement being awarded to Tarkanian, seven weeks shy of the court date set for May 18 in Las Vegas.

Tarkanian’s suit claims fraud on the basis the NCAA manufactured evidence against him and found him guilty of NCAA violations that weren’t proven. The case dates back to Tarkanian’s tenure at Long Beach State and UNLV, where both programs were put on probation. However, Tarkanian was exonerated in October of 1996 of any personal wrongdoing.

Melvin Watkins, who led North Carolina-Charlotte into the second round of the NCAA tournament, will become the new basketball coach at Texas A&M; on Wednesday, The Associated Press learned Monday.

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