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PROBE: NO VIOLATIONS IN GATORS RECRUITING

Based on information gathered during an in-house investigation, the NCAA has not found any violations at Florida in the recruitment of junior college transfer receiver Carl Moore and his girlfriend, gymnast Maranda Smith.

Among the potential violations under review were whether football coach Urban Meyer violated minor NCAA rules by telephoning Smith, Moore's girlfriend, during his recruitment, whether Gator coaches contacted Moore in excess of the time allowed by the NCAA and whether Meyer had also recruited Moore.

Florida athletic officials met with NCAA representatives Tuesday to review information obtained during the inquiry that began last month after the potential violations were brought to the university's attention, based on interviews the two athletes granted to newspapers. No NCAA rules were deemed violated.

"Allegations about impermissible telephone calls by the football staff have been reviewed by the NCAA and university, and at this time, the information does not indicate any violations of NCAA rules occurred," said Steve McClain, UF's assistant athletic director for sports information.

Smith said in a newspaper interview in January that Meyer called her daily in November in an effort to convince Moore to sign with Florida, and also encouraged her to enroll at UF. She and Moore, who caught 134 passes for 2,028 yards and 23 touchdowns at Sierra Community College in Roseville, Calif., enrolled at Florida in January. She has since said her comments were taken out of context.

The university also looked into allegations from a Sacramento Bee story that Meyer called Moore from the Heisman Trophy ceremony Dec. 7 and later handed his phone to quarterback Tim Tebow to talk to Moore. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from contacting or talking with recruits at the suggestion of coaches.

Arkansas: The school will ask the NCAA to allow quarterback Ryan Mallett, who transferred from Michigan, to play without sitting out a year.

MARSHALL: Toledo offensive coordinator John Shannon accepted the same position.

MICHIGAN: Coach Rich Rodriguez defended his Michigan residency in an effort to keep the West Virginia University lawsuit in federal court. Rich and Rita Rodriguez signed a lease on a townhouse in Ann Arbor, Mich., establishing residency the day before West Virginia sued him over a $4-million buyout clause in his contract, his lawyer, Marv Robon, said.

Notre Dame: Football and lacrosse player Will Yeatman was suspended indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team policy. The tight end started three football games, and led the lacrosse team with 46 points.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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