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DURHAM — Duke says the NCAA did not find any wrongdoing after looking into a jewelry purchase of nearly $100,000 by a basketball player on the Blue Devils’ most recent national championship team.
The school issued a statement Tuesday saying the NCAA and the university found no evidence of a rules violation. It added that Duke and the NCAA “consider the matter closed.”
Former player Lance Thomas was sued in a Texas court for failing to pay a balance of nearly $68,000 for jewelry he purchased from a New York jeweler in December 2009 — 31/2 months before the Blue Devils won their fourth national title. Thomas was the starting power forward on that team.
GREENVILLE — East Carolina Robert Sampson and redshirt freshman Yasin Kolo will transfer.
Sampson, a junior, started 33 games, averaging a career-best 9.1 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds. Kolo played in eight games, averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.
East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo said he appreciated the contributions of both forwards and wished them luck, though the school didn’t say where the players planned to play next.
The Pirates (23-12) won the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament and tied the school single-season record for victories.
CHARLOTTE — Charlotte coach Alan Major says that former Clemson forward Bernard Sullivan has transferred to the play for the 49ers.
Sullivan, a native of Gastonia, will sit out the 2013-14 season and have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2014-15.
The 49ers recruited Sullivan heavily out of high school and Major calls him “a skilled athletic forward.”
In two seasons at Clemson, Sullivan struggled to break into the rotation, scoring 89 points.
As a senior at Davidson Day High School Sullivan was rated the No. 83 overall prospect by Rivals and No. 87 by Scout.
ALFORD SAYS NO
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A University of New Mexico official says former Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take a job at UCLA but he won’t pay the $1 million payment that New Mexico wants.