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Iowa State fires basketball coach

Friday, March 24, 2006

Alleged recruiting scam costs Wayne Morgan his job

AMES - Iowa State University fired basketball coach Wayne Morgan and his staff Friday in the wake of a possible recruiting scam.

Jamie Pollard, ISU director of athletics, said during a news conference that he met the previous evening with ISU President Gregory Geoffrey and with Morgan.

"We informed him that we were making a change in the leadership of our men's basketball program, effective immediately," said Jamie Pollard, ISU director of athletics.

Morgan's firing came two days after a report surfaced that a number of college basketball programs may have steered more than $100,000 to a California business run by a junior college coach.

A CBS Sportsline.com story on Wednesday alleged that D1 Scheduling, a company founded by Los Angeles Community College coach Mike Miller, might have been delivering LACC players to Division I schools, including Iowa State, who paid the company to arrange games.

The report said that D1 Scheduling turned a profit by taking a significant cut of the money paid by schools looking for opponents. Schools on the receiving end made far less than they would have if the games were made without a matchmaker.

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