JaRon Rush Reinstated

Feb. 28, 2000

  • Comments from head coach Steve Lavin

    UCLA sophomore forward JaRon Rush's 29-game suspension has been reduced to nine games by the NCAA Subcommittee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, UCLA athletic director Peter Dalis announced today. Thursday's game at California will be the ninth game of the current suspension, meaning he will be eligible to play in Saturday's game at Stanford.

    On Dec. 10, UCLA suspended Rush indefinitely while it investigated possible NCAA violations by Rush.

    On Feb. 1, UCLA was informed that the NCAA had suspended Rush for the equivalent of one full season (29 games -- the final 12 of this season and the first 17 of the 2000-2001 season) for benefits he received allegedly from a non-scholastic (AAU) coach when he was a prospective student-athlete in Kansas City.

    On Feb. 1, Rush was also suspended for half of this season (15 games) for receiving $200 from a sports agent during the 1998-99 academic year. He had already missed 15 games by Feb. 1, satisfying that penalty.

    In addition, Rush will have to repay the total amount of $6,525, the value of benefits he received allegedly from a non-scholastic coach when he was a prospective student- athlete, prior to the completion of his eligibility. A payment schedule will be arranged by UCLA and Rush and must be approved by the NCAA prior to UCLA declaring him eligible to play. The money will be given to a charity selected by the Athletic Department. The $200 from the first penalty will also be included in the repayment plan.

    "We were informed today of the decision by the NCAA just after noon today," said Dalis. "The NCAA Subcommittee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement reduced JaRon's penalty from one full season to 30 percent -- a total of nine games.

    "Now that this issue has been settled, we hope that JaRon will be able to focus on his education and once again being part of the men's basketball team."

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