BY MIKE DeCOURCY and TOM GROESCHEN
The Cincinnati Enquirer
John Loyer's nearly two years in limbo at the University of Cincinnati have ended with UC dismissing the assistant basketball coach.
Loyer, an assistant under coach Bob Huggins since 1989, was found by the NCAA to have violated the organization's standards of ethical conduct as a result of the investigation into the eligibility of guard Charles Williams. Loyer, on paid leave since March 1997, was cleared by the NCAA to return to work with restrictions on recruiting activity when it released its findings on the UC case Nov. 5.
But UC President Joseph Steger said then that Loyer would not immediately rejoin the coaching staff, and that he wanted to consult with university attorneys to determine whether Loyer had violated the school's code of conduct.
On Tuesday, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, UC released to The Enquirer a letter, dated Nov. 19, from Steger to Loyer:
"After considering the entire situation, including what you and your attorneys had to say at our meeting yesterday, I have determined it is not in the best interests of the men's basketball program for you to remain on the coaching staff.
Accordingly, I am terminating your employment with the university, effective immediately."
Reached late Tuesday night, Loyer said, "I really don't have anything to say . . . at some point down the road I might."
Loyer was placed on leave March 31, 1997, after he'd been interviewed by counsel retained by the university to investigate the eligibility of point guard Charles Williams.
The NCAA dismissed several of the charges that initially were presented against him by the university's internal investigation, and cleared Loyer of one unethical conduct charge.
Steger did not return phone calls to his office regarding Loyer; Huggins declined comment.
Athletic Director Bob Goin said, "I support the university's decision. I think it's time for us to move forward."
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