A national media outlet identifies J. David Salinas as a Wichita State athletics donor. WSU officials aren't sure why.
A check of athletic department records dating to 1994 show Salinas did not buy men's basketball tickets or donate to the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization.
"We cannot find any evidence or documentation that David Salinas was a donor either to Wichita State University or the WSU-ICAA (athletics)," athletic director Eric Sexton said in a statement.
Salinas, 60, committed suicide Sunday and his death caused an uproar in college basketball circles. Several prominent coaches, according to SI.com, may have lost millions of dollars in investments with Salinas. Salinas, a Houston businessman, was under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He was chairman of the J. David Financial Group and founder of the Houston Select AAU basketball program.
SI.com identifies Salinas as a donor to Houston, Rice and Wichita State.
According to CBSSports.com, coaches such as Gonzaga's Mark Few, Texas Tech's Billy Gillispie and former Arizona coach Lute Olson are among the coaches who invested with Salinas.
If Salinas was connected to WSU, the link may date to Scott Thompson, who coached the Shockers from 1992-96 and was also an assistant to Olson at Arizona.
Thompson told the Arizona Daily Star he got to know Salinas while coaching Rice from 1987-92. Thompson told the newspaper he never had a Houston Select player on his college rosters. Grey Giovanine, a WSU assistant under Thompson, is also listed as having invested with Salinas.
Current Shocker Toure Murry played for Salinas' Houston Select team.