POCATELLO, Idaho -- An eastern Idaho newspaper is reporting that an NCAA investigation at Idaho State University was prompted at least in part by a letter written by a former interim men's basketball coach warning of a booster willing to pay quality basketball players money to get them to the school.
The Idaho State Journal reports 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 permanent men's basketball coach.
The newspaper reports that 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 to comment.