Arkansas' McFadden Under Scrutiny

Arkansas officials are reviewing a report questioning the eligibility of Darren McFadden

Dec. 29, 2007

FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS (TICKER) -- Arkansas officials are reviewing a report questioning the eligibility of star running back Darren McFadden for Tuesday's matchup against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl.

The Northwest Arkansas Times on Friday reported that school officials are checking into a compliance issue surrounding a new Cadillac Escalade that McFadden has been driving.

KARK-TV in Little Rock reported on Thursday that the Escalade was in McFadden's possession.

Citing a source, the station reported that McFadden was present when sports agent Mike Conley negotiated the deal for the vehicle at Superior Cadillac in Little Rock.

"We are aware of the report and with any compliance issue we must actively work to review the situation," Arkansas sports information director Kevin Trainor said.

However, on Friday, KARK-TV retracted the report, and apologized on its web site for the station's "poor standards of reporting."

Conley, a nine-time NCAA long and triple jump champion at Arkansas from 1984-1987, and McFadden's mother each denied the report.

"That is 100 percent a lie," Conley was quoted on KARK's web site. "I would challenge anybody to say that I have ever been at a dealership with Darren McFadden."

A runner-up for the Heisman Trophy this season and last, McFadden is expected to enter the NFL Draft in April.

The junior running back set a school record with 1,725 yards rushing on 304 carries with 15 touchdowns this season.

Rob Heverling, the news director at KARK, offered apologies to both Conley and McFadden.

"We have already personally apologized to Mike Conley for our poor standards of reporting. And we want to publicly apologize to Mr. Conley for any distress he has experienced. And we also want to apologize to Darren McFadden and his family for reporting details of this story that were not accurate."