That statement does not tell the full truth of the matter. I took my own test at Long Beach, and when confronted with the NCAA's claim, both Roscoe and I took steps to prove that the NCAA was wrong. The case was taken to court, where a federal judge remanded it to a state administrative tribunal. A California hearing officer presided at the presentation of evidence concerning the charges. David Berst was the primary representative for the NCAA. It was ruled, in separate hearings, that we were cleared of the charges and that it could not be "inferred from the circumstantial evidence" of the NCAA that we did not take the test.
Interestingly, one of the reasons given by the NCAA for its charge was that I did not have the potential to graduate from college. Wrong again. I did graduate from Long Beach State (in 1986), with a bachelor's degree (I majored in sociology), and I am now an assistant basketball coach there.
Since the appearance of your article, however, I have been continuously questioned by the young men with whom I work and by my seven-year-old son. The situation has been very difficult for me, and I ask you in the name of fairness and justice to please print the full truth of what occurred.
Long Beach, Calif.
? SI did not mean to imply that either Pondexter or McDonald was responsible for any fraudulent test score.—ED.