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Calls haunt Oklahoma again

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma athletic officials acknowledged they were investigating phone calls made by former basketball assistant Oronde Taliaferro to determine whether he had committed NCAA violations.

In a statement, the school indicated that Taliaferro made calls to a Merrill Lynch representative in Florida and the content of those calls was under review.

Oklahoma claims Taliaferro did not break NCAA rules by simply making the calls. The school's investigation started after a TMZ.com report that former player Keith Gallon had received a wire transfer from a Merrill Lynch representative.

"We're working through the information we've gathered and look forward to bringing this matter to resolution," athletics department spokesman Kenny Mossman said.

The Sooners remain under NCAA probation until Sunday for major violations committed under former coach Kelvin Sampson and by the football program. The NCAA found that Sampson and his staff made more than 550 impermissible recruiting calls over five years.

C-USA: A majority of the league's athletic directors want the 2011 men's and women's conference tournaments in El Paso, Texas. The recommendation needs approval from the board of directors next month in Dallas.

Marshall: Indian River State College center Aundra Williams, a native of Clewiston, signed a national letter of intent with the Thundering Herd.

Memphis: Junior guard Roburt Sallie plans to pursue basketball closer to his Sacramento, Calif., home or overseas after he receives his degree in August.

Football

BYU: Administrators declined former running back Harvey Unga's request to be readmitted for the fall semester. Unga withdrew from classes in April, saying he had violated the school's strict honor code. The school said the soonest he could be readmitted is January.

Iowa State: Starting right tackle Scott Haughton, from Sanford, was dismissed from the team for violating team rules.

Other sports

Track: After winning its first SEC outdoor title since 1987, the Florida men's team jumped two spots to No. 1 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. The Gators are the top-ranked team for the fourth time in seven weeks this season, ahead of Oregon. The FSU men are eighth.

Golf: Southern California shot par 288 to extend its lead to seven over Alabama in the lightning-delayed NCAA women's championships in Wilmington, N.C. The second round is scheduled to be completed this morning before the third round begins.

Calls haunt Oklahoma again 05/19/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:07am]

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