Investigator in Muhammad case no longer with NCAA

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The lead investigator in the eligibility case of UCLA freshman Shabzzz Muhammad is no longer with the NCAA.

Abigail Grantstein apparently has been fired, CBSSports.com reported, after her boyfriend was overheard talking about the case on a airplane flight.

The Los Angeles Times reported earlier that a woman came forward and said she overheard Grantstein's boyfriend speaking loudly on a flight about how Muhammad would never be cleared to play for the Bruins.

Muhammad was given the go-ahead to play for UCLA after the newspaper's report and UCLA's appeal. The 6-foot-5 forward missed three games while the NCAA investigated reports that he accepted impermissible benefits.

The three games he missed were considered a suspension. Muhammad's family also was required to pay back approximately $1,600.

In eight games this season since he became eligible, Muhammad is averaging 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Grantstein was part of the NCAA's Basketball Focus Group and had worked on other amateur eligibility cases, including Kansas' Josh Selby, CBSSports.com reported.

The NCAA did not comment on the reports.
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