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Massive cover up?

McPherson's lawyer says gambling 'widespread' at FSU

Posted: Thursday April 10, 2003 4:47 PM
Updated: Friday April 11, 2003 2:16 AM

Adrian McPherson

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida State is making former quarterback Adrian McPherson the "scapegoat" for what actually is a widespread gambling problem at the university, his attorney said Thursday.

McPherson, 19, is facing a misdemeanor charge that he placed bets on FSU games last season, including the four in which he started. He also is facing felony charges alleging he cashed worthless checks and stole a blank check and forged it for $3,500.

His trial on the stolen check charges is scheduled to begin July 14, a judge ruled during a hearing Thursday.

"This [gambling] problem is much more widespread than Adrian McPherson. It's much more widespread than an 800-page report. You should not hold one young man out as being a scapegoat," attorney Grady Irvin said.

Calls made to university spokespersons for response to Irvin's comments were not immediately returned.

Irvin was referring to a report released last week by a multi-agency task force that investigated gambling allegations at the school. The task force included members of the University Police and Tallahassee Police departments and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The task force also filed felony bookmaking charges against two Tallahassee men, Dereck Delach and Jeffrey Inderhees.

Prosecutor Paul Driver said he rejected a request from Irvin a few weeks ago to consider a plea agreement. Irvin did not return a phone call seeking to confirm the conversation.

If McPherson is convicted on the stolen check charge, he likely would receive probation, Driver said.

In the report, task force investigators criticized school officials for how they handled the earliest gambling allegations. The school's NCAA compliance director, Bob Minnix, told investigators he did not take written notes at first because that would make the information open to the public.

Irvin suggested revelations of "a far more widespread problem" would surface if he were to depose Minnix in a lawsuit, but he would not elaborate.

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