UCLA NOTEBOOK: BARRETT `A FACTOR,' LAVIN SAYS.Byline: Billy Witz Staff Writer
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX and traveling-team coach Pat Barrett Patrick "Pat" Barrett (born: September 4, 1941) is a former professional wrestler]] who is best known for his time with NWA and WWWF. He has wrestled in many areas which include England,France,Germany,France AustriaIreland, Pacific Islands, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and United remains a cozy one at a time when many in the basketball community are distancing themselves from the influential Orange County resident.
Barrett has been a target of least three investigations, including the NCAA's current probe in which it is examining a phone call to a recruit made by Dodgers general manager Kevin Malone
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Barrett, whose six-figure deal with Nike was not renewed recently, was the subject of a Sports Illustrated Sports Illustrated is the largest weekly American sports magazine owned by media conglomerate Time Warner. It has over 3 million subscribers and is read by 23 million adults each week, including over 18 million men, 19% of the adult males in the country. report this week in which he was accused of routinely lavishing gifts and cash on his players, an act that would jeopardize their amateur status.
Barrett was a guest at a UCLA practice on Tuesday, a day before the SI report was published, and Bruins coach 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. defended their relationship.
``Any coach in the country understands that Pat Barrett is always going to have some of the best talent in Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, playing for him,'' said Lavin, whose prize recruit, Cedric Bozeman Cedric R. Bozeman (born March 7 1983 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional basketball player, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA. Bozeman averaged 1.1 points in 23 games with five starts with the Hawks before being waived in January 2007. , has played for Barrett's Orange County-based team.
``As a result, he's going to be a factor in the recruiting process.''
On occasion this fall, Barrett brought four of his star players - Tyson Chandler Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982 in Hanford, California) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA. He is also a member of the United States men's national basketball team. , Josh Childress, Jamal Sampson and Bozeman - to tour the campus and meet with coaches.
Childress signed a letter of intent with Stanford, Sampson with Cal and Chandler is expected to make himself available for the NBA draft.
Lavin said he would not reconsider his ties with Barrett in light of the SI story, in which one of Barrett's former players, Kenny Brunner, said he received a car and $10,000 cash while playing for Barrett.
``Coaches realize this is the culture we live in,'' said Lavin, noting that coaches like Kansas' Roy Williams, Stanford's Mike Montgomery and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski have signed some of Barrett's players.
Yet, those schools have not landed in trouble because of their relationship with Barrett.
--In October, Malone, the Dodgers' GM, got Lavin in hot water when he borrowed the coach's phone and mistakenly left a message with Sampson rather than Barrett, asking why he wasn't pushing Sampson to UCLA. The Pac-10 and NCAA NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association are investigating the relationship between UCLA, Barrett and the Dodgers.
--In May 1998, an NCAA investigation concluded that UCLA had violated NCAA rules by providing Barrett with an excessive amount of free tickets to UCLA home games and giving him a 1995 national-championship ring.
--In 1995, the Pac-10 investigated the relationship between Barrett and UCLA when Olujumi Mann committed to UCLA shortly after it was reported that Barrett had signed over a car to Mann that he had bought for $13,000.
One of Barrett's main benefactors at the time, Frank Pritt, had also been a six-figure donor to UCLA. The investigation petered out when Mann was unable to qualify academically.