Feb. 1, 2000
Athletic Director Peter Dalis announced today that UCLA would appeal the NCAA's penalties assessed to sophomore forward JaRon Rush, who has missed 15 games since being suspended by the school on December 10, 1999. The appeal will be made to the NCAA Subcommittee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement.
The NCAA informed UCLA that it has assessed the following penalties to Rush:
* Suspended for half of the institution's regular-season basketball contests (15 games) and repayment of $200 for receiving that same amount from a sports agent during the 1998-99 academic year.
* Suspended for the equivalent of an additional one full season of the institution's regular-season basketball contests (29 - the final 12 of this season and the first 17 of the 2000-2001 season) and repayment of $6,125 for the value of benefits that he received allegedly from a non-scholastic (AAU) coach when he was a prospective student-athlete
Inasmuch as Rush has admitted his friendship with a sports agent and receiving $200, UCLA has chosen to waive its right to appeal this portion of the penalty. This penalty is consistent with those that have been assessed by the NCAA in cases in which student-athletes knowingly received benefits from a sports agent.
In connection with the second penalty, Dalis stated, "Given the facts of the case as we know them, we will appeal the second penalty on JaRon's behalf."
Until the appeal is heard, the University nor Rush will have no further comment on this matter.