The agent for former Kansas all-American Danny Manning says he refused to let an NCAA investigator question his client Thursday.
Agent Ron Grinker of Cincinnati said he was more interested in Manning's ungoing negotiations with the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Grinker told the Kansas City Times he was contacted Thursday by investigator Stephanie Sivak."They asked if Danny would talk to them," Grinker said. "I said, `We don't give a damn about the NCAA right now. We're concerned with Danny's future in professional basketball."'
A week after the NCAA gave Kansas a three-year basketball probation for recruiting violations, Manning's name surfaced in a Sports Illustrated article linking him to allegations of small loans from former Kansas player Mike Marshall.
In the meantime, NCAA enforcement director David Berst said it could be a week or more before a decision is reached on whether to re-open the investigation.
"I do not want to characterize what will happen as a new investigation," Berst said Thursday. "All we're doing is contacting sources from the Sports Illustrated story. We at least have to understand what the article says. I'm not going to speculate any more on what might happen. It's not an investigation at all."
Manning could not be reached for comment. His mother, Darnelle, declined comment. Grinker characterized the loans as "gas money and like that" and said Manning also lent money to Marshall.
"Danny Manning had loaned money to Mike Marshall and had it repaid," Grinker said. "Mike Marshall loaned Danny money. When I say loaned, I mean gas money and like that. It was always repaid the next day or two.
"They were friends. Danny did a (basketball) camp at McNeese State when Mike Marshall was down there. This summer Mike Marshall was at the Mannings' home. He was there at least a month. He was in their home in San Antonio for three weeks this fall. He was friends of the family."