Records connect ex-OU basketball assistant Oronde Taliaferro with financial adviser

The NCAA is investigating reports that former OU player Tiny Gallon received an improper payment
BY JAKE TROTTER AND GUERIN EMIG, Oklahoman/Tulsa World staff writers Published: May 20, 2010
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was great to meet you last week. I look forward to getting to Norman to see you again soon."

Correspondence between Taliaferro and Hausinger peaked with 17 phone calls and four text message exchanges in August 2009, the same month TMZ.com claims Hausinger wired the money into a bank account shared by Gallon and his mother, Sylvia Wright.

TMZ, which broke the story March 18, has not specified how it found out about the transfer, noting only it possesses a document to prove the transfer took place.

After August, communication between Taliaferro and Hausinger dipped until January, when Hausinger apparently made a visit to Norman.

On Jan 16, before OU defeated Missouri 66-61 at the Lloyd Noble Center, a tweet from the same Twitter page attributed to Hausinger read: "In Norman getting set to watch Willie Warren and Keith Gallon take on the MO tigers, Boomer Sooner.”

After the game, Hausinger sent three text messages to Taliaferro, before Taliaferro replied later that evening.

The day before the game, Taliaferro placed two calls to Hausinger — one to Hausinger’s office number and one to his cell phone. Later, Hausinger called Taliaferro using his cell phone.

Taliaferro, who resigned April 8, had no comment about the Hausinger investigation when last reached, the day of his resignation.

Hausinger, who did not return messages left on his office phone Wednesday, resigned from his Tampa-based Merrill Lynch firm March 26 and began work at Raymond James Financial Services in Tampa on March 29, according to a document on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s web site.

In the document, Hausinger states he was forced to resign from Merrill Lynch because a fellow Merrill Lynch agent disclosed to the media his private financial information.

"The media reports indicated that I gave money to Willie Warren or Keith Gallon are false,” Hausinger stated. "I also did not give any money to Sylvia Wright, who was not, nor is a Merrill Lynch customer. I also violated no Merrill Lynch policy, procedure or regulation, and I believe Merrill Lynch was conducting this investigation as a cover for the media inquiries it received.”

Merrill Lynch has declined comment on Hausinger since the story first appeared.

Gallon, a freshman this past season, has since declared for the NBA Draft. He has been working out in New York the past week after hiring agent Marc Cornstein. Warren has also declared for the draft.

ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford has Warren and Gallon going with the final two picks of the first round in his latest mock draft. The NBA Draft is June 24.