Here’s my story that just posted on Kansas.com – we’ll run another version in Saturday’s Eagle:
By TONY ADAME
The Wichita Eagle
The recruitment of two Division I transfers has landed Newman women’s basketball coach Jaime Green in trouble with the university and likely the NCAA.
According to a former Newman player, Green used the player’s credit-card information to pay parking fines for Marshay White at Central Florida and Kellindra Zackery at South Carolina last June in order to get their transcripts released to Newman, an NCAA Division II school.
According to the former player, Green approached her because, as the coach, paying off the fines would be a violation of NCAA rules.
Newman athletic director Vic Trilli said Thursday that Green served a one-game suspension Dec. 17, lost two book scholarships, had the amount of recruiting visits reduced from an unlimited number to eight, must attend an NCAA compliance seminar in May and must meet with Newman’s compliance director twice per semester.
Trilli said he learned about the allegations last January and reported them to the NCAA in March.
“As soon as we had the information in hand, we went to the Heartland (Conference) and to the NCAA,” Trilli said. “We feel like we did everything we could.”
White and Zackery came to Wichita to play for the Jets, but White left school before playing a game and Zackery was suspended earlier this month after a drug arrest and sat out most of last season with a knee injury.
The former player who paid the fines, who asked not to be identified, transferred to another college.
“She (Green) told me to keep quiet about it,” said the former player, who has since transferred. “She said she’d pay me back in cash but I shouldn’t say anything because it could get her in trouble.”
After the tickets were paid using the player’s credit card — $328 at Central Florida and $40 at South Carolina — another current Newman player, Samantha Soyez, approached the former player and handed her $500 and said she’d decided to pay the tickets herself. The former player gave Soyez back the difference.
Soyez is the daughter of Newman women’s assistant Gayla Soyez.
Green and Gayla Soyez were also issued letters of reprimand.
The NCAA has yet to make a final ruling on the incident, which is classified by Newman as a secondary violation.