TEXAS MAY SUE WEAVER FOR TAKING SCHOLARSHIP.
As law enforcement officers looked for Ron Weaver on Sunday, his family offered insights into why the 30-year-old impostor assumed another man's name to earn a spot on the Texas football team.
Weaver, who played in 12 games for the Longhorns under the name Ron McKelvey, left the team's hotel Saturday after reports surfaced that he was a fake. Texas officials have supplied the FBI with information, including what they say is a fraudulent Social Security number.
Weaver also played at Pierce College for two seasons under the name McKelvey.
Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said the school is considering filing suit against Weaver for taking state funds, in the form of a scholarship, through fraudulent means. Dodds also said Texas officials will give all their information to the NCAA on Tuesday.
"We're going to look at every possibility of what we can and should do with our attorneys," Dodds told the Dallas Morning News. "Taking state funds under an assumed name, it seems to me, will be a problem for him."
Dodds said he was confident that the NCAA would absolve the university of wrongdoing.
Bonita Money, Weaver's half-sister, said she spoke with Weaver on Sunday afternoon. Although Money did not divulge where Weaver was, she said he eventually would return either to her home in Los Angeles or his hometown of Salinas.
"He feels badly about the whole situation," said Money, who was at the team's headquarters at the New Orleans Hilton. "He wanted to apologize to the players and the coaches. He understands the severity of the situation, but he wants people to know the reason he did it was for his love of football. He had no malice. He was not writing a book."
Money said that when Weaver enrolled at Pierce, he did not register with a Social Security card. "The coaches from Pierce just put down a Social Security number because he didn't have one, and they wanted him so badly," Money said.
Reached Sunday night by the Daily News, Pierce coach Bill Norton said he could not recall the exact details of how Weaver registered at Pierce but said all registration information is provided by applicants.
"I don't honestly remember who he registered with or how he registered," Norton said. "But I do know this - he registered as Ron McKelvey. Other than that, I don't remember.
"We didn't put down a Social Security number for him," said Norton, who said if applicants give a Social Security number he doesn't ask to check it.
"I haven't done anything wrong and I know the coaches at Texas haven't done anything wrong," Norton said. "I know he seemed to be a good kid and we thought highly of him and it's really shaken my faith."
Weaver's father, Richard, who works for the Department of Defense, said the family never knew he was posing as another man.
"I haven't seen nor heard anything from my son," Weaver said in a telephone interview from the family's liquor store in Salinas. "I haven't even been in contact with him. I'm very worried about his safety more than anything else."
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|Date:||Jan 1, 1996|
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