Former Brooklyn athletic director Joe Margolis said yesterday he notified the NCAA and college president Robert L. Hess in May that there were "problems with and violations by the program." A source close to the situation said Margolis later was forced to resign his position, which he had held for nine years. Sports information director Howard Cornfield, who said yesterday he helped Margolis compile a list of possible infractions, said he was forced to resign June 2.
It also was alleged that of 34 players recruited by [Mark Reiner] during his six years at the school, none have graduated and 22 have left school. Cornfield provided a list of players recruited by Reiner with a column listing their academic status. Reiner, who claims 12 players have graduated during the span, denied all the allegations.
One piece of evidence supplied by Cornfield was a handwritten note, apparently from team member [Andre Blackett] to Margolis dated May 8. In the note Blackett, a freshman from Tolentine, wrote: "I would like to inform you that coach Reiner arranged for us to eat free at a local restaurant."