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12/19/04

Report says Tech Officials Signed Off on Supplement Requisitions

A published report says that Texas Tech athletic officials approved requisitions for dietary supplements, including some containing Ephedra and other banned stimulants, that a now fired sports nutrition expert said were needed.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in its editions Sunday that Tech records obtained under the Texas Public Information Act showed Aaron Shelley received approval to purchase products such as Thermo Speed, advertised to contain three-hundred-forty milligrams of Ephedra per twenty-ounce bottle, and 'Jacked', a drink advertised as containing two-hundred milligrams of caffeine per single-serving bottle.

The requisitions for products totaling tens of thousands of dollars show Athletic Director Gerald Myers, Basketball Coach Bob Knight and Football Coach Mike Leach were among those whose approval was required on documents allowing the purchases by Shelley.

The newspaper said there was no indication in the records whether the supplements were delivered to the school. Shelley pleaded guilty Thursday to a money laundering charge, accused of defrauding the school of nearly $500,000. Prosecutors said Shelley participated in two schemes to overbill the university's athletic department for nutritional supplements provided to athletes.

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