While the NCAA was scrutinizing its basketball recruiting practices, UNLV was using an outside representative in apparent violation of NCAA rules in the recruitment of a player, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Citing interviews with persons familiar with the situation and court and state records, the Times said in today's editions that UNLV staff members accepted the assistance of a Salt Lake City businessman in the recruitment of Melvin Love, a backup center.Vic Deauvono, who at one time served as an unofficial strength and conditioning coach at Salt Lake Community College, steered Love to UNLV and then arranged special tutoring in Las Vegas to help Love become eligible to play for the Rebels, the newspaper reported.

NCAA rules prohibit representatives of a university's athletic interests from being involved in recruiting as well as providing certain benefits, including tutoring, for prospective student athletes.