Published: January 19, 1988 /www.nytimes.com
Judith Rowan, associate chancellor for public affairs, said one of the allegations involved payment for lodging to a prospective athlete by an assistant coach. Rowan said the athlete enrolled at another university and the assistant coach was no longer at Illinois. She declined to identify either of them.
Rowan said a December letter from the N.C.A.A. cited three alleged infractions, two of which the N.C.A.A. said did not appear serious.
''We are fully committed to compliance to N.C.A.A. regulations,'' said Morton Weir, the interim chancellor. ''The athletic association board of directors, and I, believe that Coach White has responded appropriately by tendering his resignation.''
White said late tonight that even though the alleged infractions were minor he accepted blame for them.
He had a record of 47-41-3 in eight years at Illinois. His 1983 team won the Big Ten title but lost in the Rose Bowl. The football program was placed on probation in 1984 because of N.C.A.A. rule violations.
1986 Illinois 4–7 3–5
1987 Illinois 3–7–1 2–5–1
Judge for yourself. That second investigation killed a strong recruiting class. I doubt he was going to turn it around. It was time for a change, NCAA or not. Meanwhile, Neale Stoner had the stadium crew going yard work at his house, on the clock, and thought it was just a normal perk. His assistant Vance Redfern was later involved in the mess at SDSU. They 'resigned' at UI in July 1988.