ECU Chancellor Now Says He Did Know About Holland Aid To Brother

East Carolina University Chancellor Steve Ballard said Friday that he was wrong when he reported earlier that he did not read an e-mail about a scholarship and job for a relative of ECU Athletics Director Terry Holland.

In a release from the university, Ballard says, "It turns out that not only did I read the e-mail, but I also replied to it. The e-mail did not ask for approval for the arrangement, but it is clear from my response that I did not reject the idea. I deeply regret any confusion or erroneous conclusions that my mistake caused. I truly did not remember having seen the e-mail from 16 months ago."

ECU says Holland sent the e-mail on August 22, 2006, referring to an arrangement that would provide financial assistance and a job in the athletics department for his relative, a non-athlete student at ECU. Holland canceled that arrangement, effective September 30, 2007, and on December 5 gave the university a check for $25,000 to cover the total amount of financial assistance and salary that the relative had received.

Ballard says he has apologized to Holland and gave him a personal check for $12,500 to share in returning the funds to the university.

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