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Daily News Reporting Pac-10 Probing
Recruitment Of Clancy At USC--(April 29,1998)

The Daily News reported today in a story by staff writer Scott Wolf that the Pac-10 is investigating "allegations" that USC signee Sam Clancy (6'-7" Sr. F) from St. Edwards High in Lakewood, Ohio, "might have received improper financial payments".

Of course, the story doesn't say who is making the mysterious allegations. The story apparently surfaced when Clancy's mother called St. Edwards' coach Eric Flannery and informed him that the Pac-10 was "asking about Sam receiving some money. "She said it was 100 percent false," said Flannery.

Flannery also spoke Tuesday with Clancy and he said the allegations are also false. "Sam said nothing happened. He just kind of doesn't know what to do," Flannery told the Daily News.

The Pac-10 apparently conducted interviews yesterday at USC of various persons connected with the program, including Senior forward Seymour Daffeh, who was Clancy's host during his recruiting trip to USC in the fall. The Daily News also reported that head coach Henry Bibby and assistant coach Dave Miller were also interviewed. The Pac-10 has also begun checking bank accounts of those connected to the program, according to the Daily News.

Mike Garrett, USC athletic director was also contacted by the paper and said "We are aware of the allegations, and we find them to be so ludicrous and farfetched that, instead of self-investigating first, we notified the Pac-10 and asked the Pac-10 to investigate."

Clancy was a Parade All-American this year. His recruitment at USC, at least according to the Daily News, was a big surprise to some, including Cincinnati, which had been recruiting him heavily.

Yeah, so the money was in the menu at Monty's, right?

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