Cal's Fowlkes cleared of wrongdoing

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES Officials at the University of California have cleared Tremaine Fowlkes and sports agent James Casey of all wrongdoing, saying that the basketball star was not provided a car by Casey or anyone with ties to Cal.

John Kasser, Cal's athletic director, said the school completed its investigation Friday.

''All that we know is that Tremaine never had a car, never had a car registered to him,'' Kasser said in Saturday's Los Angeles Times.

''He did drive the (Ford) Explorer belonging to a friend of the (Fowlkes) family, which was not Casey. That's all I can tell you. ...(The car) is a personal matter and it (car) was somebody else's and it was just unfortunate. We will send a written report to the NCAA.''

Fowlkes, last year's Pacific-10 Conference freshman of the year from Los Angeles, had previously denied receiving a car from an agent, which would be in violation of NCAA rules. Athletes found to have accepted cash or other gifts from agents can lose their eligibility.

''We will look at the report and review it,'' said David Price, associate commissioner of the Pac-10.

Casey, an NBA player-agent from 1990-93, has denied the allegations against him.

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