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Report: Idaho State booster prompts NCAA probe

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By Associated Press

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — An NCAA investigation at Idaho State reportedly was prompted in part by a letter written by a former interim men's basketball coach warning of a booster willing to pay quality players.

The Idaho State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/N3T9AM) that former interim coach Deane Martin sent the letter on March 6 to athletic director Jeff Tingey a day after Martin didn't get picked as the full-time coach.

The newspaper reports Tingey responded by telling Martin the letter contained potentially slanderous statements, and that Martin then sent the letter to the NCAA.

The newspaper obtained the letter from a university employee.

Martin, Tingey and the NCAA declined comment.

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Information from: Idaho State Journal, http://www.journalnet.com

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