Bemidji State completes review of basketball recruiting
Monday, April 3, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced that, following an extensive internal review, no improprieties have been found in the BSU men’s basketball program’s recruitment of senior Rodney Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.).

On March 15, 2006, CBS published an investigative story which linked collegiate men’s basketball programs at numerous schools, including Bemidji State University, to an alleged recruiting controversy involving D1 Scheduling and Los Angeles City College.

The report alleged D1 Scheduling may have played a role in delivering Los Angeles City College players to programs which arranged guarantee games through its service. Bemidji State was linked to these allegations by way of its exhibition games against Iowa State University in 2004 and 2005, games scheduled through D1 Scheduling, and by having one former LACC player - Williams - on its roster.

BSU’s review was launched as a result of the report.

The review concluded that Bemidji State University was provided no recruiting advantage during Williams’ transfer to BSU from LACC.

BSU’s review also concluded that no personal monetary gains were received by either BSU men’s basketball or BSU head men’s basketball coach Pat Smith, nor were there any personal gains for Smith as a result of his relationship with D1 Scheduling.

During a two-year career as a walk-on player at BSU, Williams averaged 8.3 minutes per game in 56 games played with two starts. He averaged 1.4 points and 0.6 rebounds per game.