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Marshall scandal leftovers

Posted on: August 20, 2008 11:22 am

You don't expect a guy you're essentially ripping to call you back.

But that was the case Tuesday when Huntington, W.V. businessman Marshall Reynolds returned my call in regards to the latest Marshall jobs' scheme scandal story. I was asking him about his two-month-old deposition that casts him, Marshall, Bobby Pruett and Jim Donnan in a negative light. At stake is another possible NCAA investigation. Pruett, Virginia's defensive coordinator, already has had his ethics put in question.

Reynolds, though, answered all my questions with candor. Here's some leftovers from Tuesday's story.

Do you think there is wrongdoing here on your part?

"Obviously, the answer to that question is no. I'm not sure what it is ... I think (plaintiff Dave Ridpath is) doing this to embarrass Coach Pruett."

What about this e-mail from NCAA investigator LuAnn Humphrey which alleges a "cover-up" at Marshall?

LuAnn Humphrey is a pretty sharp lady. I only talked with her a couple of times. Certainly her elevator went to the top floor. Unfortunately, our president's (Dan Angel) didn't. I don't think there's anything here. I don't think it amounts to a hill of beans."
Do you consider what Donnan allegedly did, getting those three or four non-qualifiers jobs every year, an NCAA violation?

"Absolutely not, neither does the NCAA."

Did they know about it though back in 1990, though?

"Gee, I don't know.

That's the end of it. Probably poor old Dave Ridpath, this is the only time he's been noticed. He's trying to hang out there a little bit ... It will never get to court. Ridpath realized ... he'll lose in court.
"Unfortunately, there's very little justice in America today.  Coach Pruett's been embarrassed once. He shouldn't have been."
 It seems as if the Ridpath trial might be continued now until Dec. 2. There was an original Oct. 21 trial date but one of the lawyers may have a conflict because of kidney transplant surgery.

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