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UND's Allen to sit out while school investigates

University of North Dakota basketball player Myron Allen told his coach Tuesday he accepted meals, lodging and transportation from a professional team.

University of North Dakota basketball player Myron Allen told his coach Tuesday he accepted meals, lodging and transportation from a professional team.

Sioux coach Rich Glas also said UND does not dispute Allen played in an exhibition game for the defunct Fargo-Moorhead Beez. On Monday, Allen characterized the game between the Beez and the Magic City Snowbears as "a scrimmage."

Those actions could be violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules and could compromise Allen's eligibility.

"We are not trying to hide anything," Glas said. "We did not know about this and now we are trying to get to the bottom of it."

Allen's eligibility came into question when The Forum obtained information indicating the junior point guard from Houston signed with the Beez and spent 10 days in training camp with the International Basketball Association team in November of 1999. Allen played in one exhibition game during that time.

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The Forum also obtained a letter to the Beez from Texas-based agent Brian Bjork that could indicate a representative relationship between Bjork and Allen.

That also could be a violation of NCAA rules.

The story was reported in Tuesday's Forum.

UND athletic officials spent Tuesday gathering information about Allen's time with the Beez. Athletic director Roger Thomas said the school will report itself to the NCAA and forward any information it finds to college sports' governing body.

According to Glas, Allen said he did not sign a contract and did not accept money from the Beez. A source with knowledge of the situation has said that players who practiced and played games with the Beez had to sign a contract.

Glas also said he talked Tuesday with Bjork. The agent from J. David Group Sports Group said his relationship with Allen was friendly and not professional, Glas said. Bjork said he communicated with the Beez on Allen's behalf and provided transportation to Fargo for Allen, Glas said.

"He said he was a friend of Myron's all through Myron's high school days. There was no contract with Myron and he said he didn't act as Myron's agent through any of this," Glas said.

Bjork did not return phone messages Tuesday by a Forum reporter.

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Allen will not play in any games for the Sioux until questions over his eligibility are resolved, Glas said. Allen can practice with the team, but chose to sit out Tuesday's workout.

"He is a pretty bummed out kid," Glas said.

The Sioux, 7-1, host Minot (N.D.) State on Thursday at Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Glas said UND hoped to finish its investigation today and forward the information to the NCAA.

The school would then have to await the NCAA's decision, Thomas said.

"We're working on it. That's all I can say until we get more information. We're trying to get some straight answers out of people," Thomas said. "I wish we knew everything now. That would help all of us."

Allen, who joined UND after spending two years at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, is averaging 20.5 points and 4.8 assists for the Sioux.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike McFeely at (701) 241-5580

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