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TANGLED WEB FELLED HARRICK : REPORT REVEALS PATTERN OF DECEIT.



Byline: Jon Wilner Daily News Staff Writer

Former UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX
 basketball coach Jim Harrick Jim Harrick (born July 25, 1938 in Charleston, West Virginia) is a former college basketball head coach who coached at Pepperdine University, UCLA, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Georgia.  lied eight times in three interviews with athletic director Athletic director (commonly, "athletics director") is a position at many American colleges and universities, as well as in larger high schools and middle schools, which oversees the work of the coaches and related staff involved in intercollegiate or interscholastic athletic  Peter Dalis and coerced first-year assistant Michael Holton Michael (Mike) David Holton (born August 4 1961, in Seattle, Washington) is a retired American professional basketball player. He played college basketball at UCLA from 1979–83, and was selected in the third round of the 1983 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors,  into lying during an investigation into a recruiting dinner, according to according to
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 a five-page report released Wednesday by UCLA.

UCLA released the report because media applied for it through the Freedom of Information Act.

The one-week investigation began Oct. 16 - one day after Harrick submitted a reimbursement Reimbursement

Payment made to someone for out-of-pocket expenses has incurred.
 request for a $1,085 dinner for 13 at Monty's restaurant in Westwood.

Considering the bill excessive, UCLA officials went to Monty's to retrieve an itemized copy of the bill. They interviewed the waiter who served Harrick's party and, based partly on that interview, determined Harrick had lied about who attended the meal.

On Nov. 6, the day he was fired, Harrick was asked why he lied.

``That's not important,'' he said.

Attempts to reach Harrick on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

UCLA determined Harrick violated NCAA NCAA
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National Collegiate Athletic Association
 rules by paying for dinner for Bruins players Charles O'Bannon Charles Edward O'Bannon (born February 22 1975 in Lakewood, California) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins, where he was a star small forward/shooting guard, and a starter on the school's 1995 NCAA Championship team.  and Cameron Dollar, who were not part of the official party and not entitled to a free meal.

Harrick did not mention Dollar or O'Bannon on the reimbursement request. Instead, he listed his wife, Sally, and Holton's wife, LaShell, as attending.

UCLA has reported the violation to the NCAA and Pacific-10. A source said no sanctions are expected because UCLA took swift, corrective action A corrective action is a change implemented to address a weakness identified in a management system. Normally corrective actions are instigated in response to a customer complaint, abnormal levels if internal nonconformity, nonconformities identified during an internal audit or .

The report said Holton lied because of loyalty to Harrick. He then changed his mind and told Dalis the truth.

``I don't have a comment on what happened,'' Holton said Wednesday.

Those at the dinner included Harrick, Holton, assistant coaches Steve Lavin Steve Lavin (born September 4,1964), a San Francisco, California native is a former college basketball coach and current ABC and ESPN TV analyst. As UCLA head basketball coach from 1996-2003, Lavin compiled a record of 145-78.  and Jim Saia Jim Saia is a men's head basketball coach. Coaching Career
Saia is currently head basketball coach at Fresno Pacific University. Prior to that he was the interim head coach at the USC between 2004 and 2005.
; Lavin's girlfriend, Treena Camacho; recruits Earl Watson Earl Joseph Watson Jr. (born June 12, 1979 in Kansas City, Kansas) is an American professional basketball player currently with the Seattle SuperSonics of the NBA.

A 6'1", 195 lbs.
 and Jason and Jarron Collins Jarron Collins (born December 2, 1978 in Northridge, California) is a professional American basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.

Collins is a notable graduate of Harvard-Westlake School and Stanford University.
; plus current UCLA players Jelani McCoy Jelani Marwan McCoy (born December 6 1977 in Oakland, California) is an American professional basketball player. A 6'10" power forward, he played in the NBA from 1998-2005 for the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Atlanta Hawks. , Kris Johnson, Bob Myers, O'Bannon and Dollar.

Steve Salm, UCLA associate athletic director for business, received Harrick's reimbursement request on Oct. 15 - a week after reports of the sale of Harrick's Chevy Blazer to the sister of a recruit.

On Oct. 16, Dalis and Morrison interviewed Harrick. He said O'Bannon and Dollar were not part of the group and paid for their own meals. He also said his wife and LaShell Holton arrived at approximately 8 p.m., as people were leaving.

On Oct. 17, Morrison and compliance director Rich Herczog interviewed the five players. O'Bannon and Dollar had slightly conflicting stories regarding who paid and how much they paid.

Upon further questioning, Dollar and O'Bannon ``admitted they let their meals go on the master bill,'' the report said.

On Oct. 18, Dalis and Morrison interviewed the three assistants to determine who attended the dinner and who ordered what.

Holton said his wife and Sally Harrick arrived after the rest of the party had left and that his wife ate lobster.

After practice, Dalis and Morrison went back to Harrick.

``Dalis stressed the need to tell the truth,'' the report said. ``When told that (Dollar and O'Bannon) did not pay for their meals, Harrick admitted he hadn't been careful enough. He just `thought' they paid, since they were not part of the official recruiting party.''

He also said both wives attended but did not eat.

``When confronted with Holton's different version regarding the wives' meal, Harrick said Holton was mistaken,'' the report said.

``Harrick reiterated that neither wife had eaten at Monty's. Dalis asked Harrick why Holton had lied. Harrick had no explanation.''

Harrick did not say why he listed the wives on his reimbursement request.

On the morning of Oct. 19, Holton left a message on Dalis' home answering machine. On Oct. 21, Holton told Dalis he had lied during the initial interview and that his Oct. 19 call had been to correct himself.

He told Dalis that his wife did not attend the dinner and that he ``felt conflicted between telling the truth and being loyal to Harrick,'' the report said.

The report continued: ``This conflict arose because:

``When he was hired, Harrick told Holton that Holton's highest priority was loyalty to him (Harrick).

``On Oct. 12 at the Rose Bowl . . . Harrick told Holton, `I put LaShell on the reimbursement request for the Monty's dinner.'

``On Oct. 18, in the morning before Holton's interview with Dalis and Morrison, Holton asked Harrick, `Were the wives there?' Harrick replied, `Yes, they were there.' ''

Two days after Holton told the truth, Dalis and Morrison confronted Harrick again.

``As part of this process, Dalis asked Harrick if the wives had been at Monty's on Oct. 11,'' the report said. ``Dalis was very specific and he asked three times if both wives were there. All three times Harrick said, `Yes.'

``After the third `Yes' answer, Dalis told Harrick that LaShell Holton had not gone to Monty's. Dalis implored Harrick to tell the truth.

``Confronted with this set of facts, Harrick finally admitted that he had lied.''

TRUE LIES

Highlights of UCLA's report on the Harrick investigation:

Harrick falsified a dinner reimbursement request, listing his wife, Sally, and assistant Michael Holton's wife, LaShell, as attending the meal when neither did.

Harrick lied to athletic director Peter Dalis five times during initial fact-finding interviews.

Harrick coerced Holton into lying to Dalis - thus jeopardizing Holton's job.

Harrick lied to Dalis three consecutive times after Dalis had determined the facts.

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