Dunbar's Nolan has 2 weeks to return gifts, retain eligibility

September 28, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Dunbar's two-time All-Metro center Norman Nolan has up to two weeks to retain his final season of eligibility by returning gifts he received at a Nike basketball camp in Beaverton, Ore., earlier this month.

Nolan was among 36 of the nation's top senior Division I prospects who received a $100 gift certificate and other gifts, violating high school rules governing eligibility.

Nolan and his father, Sam Robertson, heard the details of the procedure at a meeting last night with Maurice Howard, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Baltimore City public schools, and Donald Williams, specialist for physical education and athletics.

"He's going to return all of the items that were given to him and the $100 equivalent of that [gift certificate]," said Howard, who also is the president of District 9 of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Howard has given Nolan 10 to 14 days to return the merchandise, which included a sports bag, shoes and a uniform, according to Nolan.

"I'll return all the stuff as soon as possible," Nolan said last night.

Howard said, "I will recommend to [Baltimore superintendent of schools Walter Amprey] that Norman be exonerated once I get a letter of certification from [Nike] that all the material has been returned."

Amprey then is expected to clear Nolan with MPSSAA executive secretary Ned Sparks, Howard said.

"With the exception of Mississippi, which read their kid the riot act and let him keep the stuff, the situation is being handled the same way by all of the other 27 states involved," Howard said.

Accepting money or gifts is a violation of the guidelines in all 50 states, but Nike public relations director Keith Peters said last week "we didn't knowingly violate the rules."

Sparks blasted Nike for failing to thoroughly investigate the rules.

Sparks could not be reached for comment yesterday. He is in Morgantown, W Va., until tomorrow for a three-day meeting of state athletic association officials.

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