Possible NCAA violations at Fairfield U.

(08/05/03) FAIRFIELD - New allegations of NCAA violations at Fairfield University have caused officials to launch a full-blown investigation into the men's basketball program.

News 12 Connecticut learned the President of Fairfield University received an anonymous letter in March about NCAA violations, but an investigation showed there was no wrongdoing. A more specific report in Tuesday's Connecticut Post said former players accused the coaching staff of giving cash to players, falsifying drug tests, and doing homework for team members.

The university now reopened the investigation. Fairfield hired a Kansas law firm that has experience with NCAA investigations. University officials said they are is prepared to cooperate fully with the NCAA and the commissioner of the Metro Atlantic Conference. University officials also said it is too early to comment on the status of head coach Tim O'Toole or any of his staff.

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