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  • NCAA imposes additional probation year to South Carolina

    Aug. 24, 2005
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports




    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The NCAA added an extra year to South Carolina's self-imposed two years' probation, but did not impose sanctions on TV or postseason appearances for 10 violations that occurred during the tenure of retired football coach Lou Holtz.

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    The NCAA Committee on Infractions reviewed South Carolina's case earlier this month. Committee vice chairman Josephine Potuto wrote university president Andrew Sorensen on Aug. 16 that the group "concurred that the university's investigation into the violations set forth in the report was thorough and complete."

    South Carolina had already placed itself on probation, taken away four scholarships from the football program over the next two years and reduced by 12 the number of paid on-campus visits by recruits.

    The NCAA panel adopted those penalties and extended the probation.

    NCAA will also require the school to forward infractions report to its regional accrediting agency, and imposed a four-year show cause order should former South Carolina administrator Tom Perry try for employment at another athletic department.

    Sorensen wrote to the NCAA committee accepting the additional penalties.

    "We are satisfied with the results," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "We appreciate the NCAA basically agreeing with our proposal. For the next couple of years, we will only have 83 players on scholarship."

    In July, the university released a summary disposition report, prepared jointly with the NCAA, that outlined 10 violations -- five which South Carolina admitted were major. The NCAA said one violation that the school deemed secondary was a major infraction. The disagreement will be settled in the NCAA's final report to the school, university spokesman Russ McKinney said.

    New South Carolina athletic director Eric Hyman said the NCAA's decision "brings closure to this situation."

    Perry, an ex-senior associate athletic director for academic support services, was at the center of the most serious violations. The report found Perry arranged for impermissible tutoring help during the summer of 2001 for two prospective players who were coming from two-year colleges. After the incident was self-reported, Perry declared the athletes ineligible and made the players make restitution for the tutoring.

    The NCAA panel's letter appears to close a case that it first looked into more than three years ago. Holtz has repeatedly refused to return messages from the Associated Press seeking comment. However, at a celebrity golf tournament last month, he said "five of the violations were reported by us, there was no money involved, no recruiting violations, no enticements, but nevertheless, we don't want any marks against us."

    Sorensen was gratified the committee found the majority of South Carolina's penalties appropriate.

    "Carolina takes seriously its obligation as a NCAA member institution, and we shall continue to pursue with vigilance and honesty our goal of full compliance with all NCAA policies and procedures," Sorensen said in a written statement.

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  • DJRamFan
    NCAA cites Florida A&M for lack of institutional control
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 8, 2005
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports




    Florida A&M was cited for a lack of institutional control by the NCAA on Monday after an investigation found rampant violations regarding student-athlete eligibility and a failure by former football coach Billy Joe to adequately monitor his program.

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    The NCAA's notice of allegations listed 184 instances between 1998-99 and 2004-05 in which students throughout the athletics program were allowed to participate without meeting NCAA eligibility requirements.

    "Key personnel ... lacked acceptable levels of expertise and knowledge of these regulations resulting in an inadequate certification system and a number of improper certifications of its student-athletes," the report said.

    Most of those eligibility violations occurred under former compliance director Jonathan Evans, who is no longer at the school.

    The school had earlier made public the results of itsr internal report and volunteered to strip scholarships in almost every sport -- including 28 in football -- and impose a one-year postseason ban on its men's basketball team next season.

    This comes two months after Joe and two assistants were fired by the school, which cited alleged NCAA rules violations in recruiting and eligibility as the reasons for dismissal. Joe has since sued the school.

    The school will have until Sept. 5 to review the charges and respond. The NCAA Committee on Infractions is scheduled to hear Florida A&M's case during its Oct. 14-16 meetings in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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    -08-09-2005, 01:13 PM
  • DJRamFan
    MEAC to strip FAMU of 11 championships
    by DJRamFan
    July 8, 2004
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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference plans to strip Florida A&M of its 2000 and 2001 football titles and nine other championships for 196 NCAA rules violations, most dealing with academic eligibility.

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    The proposed penalties were listed in a June 29 letter from MEAC commissioner Dennis Thomas to Joseph Ramsey II, FAMU's special assistant to the president for athletics. The letter said FAMU would have to forfeit the two regular-season titles in football, and championships in men's tennis in 2000; men's indoor track for 2002; women's indoor track for 1998-99 and 2000; women's outdoor track for 1998-99 and 2000; and volleyball for 1999.

    The school can appeal the sanctions.

    Ramsey said FAMU committed "substantial non-compliance" in athlete eligibility in 11 sports from 1998-2003. The violations mostly dealt with the university's compliance office certifying academically ineligible athletes.

    FAMU self-reported a list of NCAA violations and suggested self-imposed penalties. The MEAC hired an independent auditor to look into the violations and the auditor came up with the infraction count.

    FAMU also sent its report to the NCAA, which is investigating the violations. The FAMU athletic department and FAMU president Fred Gainous would not comment on the MEAC's report until after the NCAA reports back to the school.

    In all, FAMU listed self-imposed sanctions that included three years probation for the school; and the loss of four partial and two full scholarships in football and one each in baseball, women's basketball and women's track in each of the next three years.

    FAMU also said it would cut four official visits in football in each of the next three years.

    The letter did not address any postseason conference tournaments the Rattlers won.


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    -07-12-2004, 06:22 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Florida A&M volunteers to implement penalties
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 1, 2005
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports




    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida A&M volunteered to strip its football program of 28 scholarships over three years and impose a one-year postseason ban on its men's basketball team as the school conceded a "widespread" lack of institutional control in an internal report released Monday.

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    The school fired football coach Billy Joe several weeks ago as part of its effort to avoid additional penalties for more than 200 violations that surfaced in nearly every varsity sport at the historically black college.

    The report also recommended eliminating 4.5 baseball scholarships, 3.5 in men's track and 2.5 in women's track and curtail recruiting activities for three years and reduce the time allowed for football practice.

    The university's findings revealed more than 100 athletes were allowed to compete without filling out eligibility or drug-testing consent forms required by the NCAA.

    Florida A&M said it would vacate any team or individual records or awards resulting from performances by ineligible athletes between 1998-2005.

    In addition, the school volunteered to eliminate one assistant basketball coach and a graduate assistant in the program for 2005-06, the same season the school banned itself from the postseason.

    In all, 12 of the school's sports programs will be affected.

    The investigation has already led to the school stripping itself of 11 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles, including two in football.

    Florida A&M forwarded this report to the NCAA in June, but had not released the details of the proposed scholarship cuts. The NCAA is doing its own investigation at the school and is expected to make its ruling this fall.

    The proposed cutbacks would coincide with Florida A&M's budget cuts that have staggered the athletic department.

    Suffering from a school-wide budget crisis, Florida A&M has already eliminated its men's tennis and golf teams and its men's and women's swimming and diving programs, cutting the total number of programs from 18 to 14.

    In addition to releasing copies of its own internal evaluation, Florida A&M selected a new compliance director -- Rosalyn Dunlap -- and the university is also advertising for a new vice president of audit and compliance.

    Joe, who was 86-46 in 11 seasons at the school, filed suit last month to get access to records the school cited at the time he was fired. The university pointed to NCAA rules violations in recruiting and eligibility as the reason for his dismissal.

    Former University of Miami and Denver Broncos defensive tackle Rubin Carter was chosen as Joe's replacement last month.

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    -08-02-2005, 02:33 PM
  • DJRamFan
    House panel hears from Bloom in probe of NCAA
    by DJRamFan
    Sept. 14, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    WASHINGTON -- Jeremy Bloom told a congressional panel Tuesday that the NCAA cut his college football career short without giving him a fair chance to argue his case.

    Bloom, who would have been a junior receiver at Colorado this year, lost his college eligibility because of endorsement deals he received as a professional skier. He is a world champion in freestyle moguls and a 2002 Olympian.

    Officials of the NCAA called Bloom's endorsements willful violations of the rules, unlike similar cases that were deemed misunderstandings. They insisted Bloom had a fair hearing and every opportunity to state his side.

    "In the NCAA, the judgment of the dispute is formed exclusively within the organization by their own members," Bloom told the House Judiciary Committee's panel on the Constitution. "They're the judge, the jury and the executioner."

    Bloom's two-year fight with the NCAA came to an end two weeks before the regular season, when an NCAA panel turned down his final appeal to play football. NCAA rules allow athletes to accept salaries as professionals in other sports, but they aren't allowed to accept money from sponsors.

    Jo Potuto, vice chairwoman of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, said the organizing body for college sports gives student athletes due process as required by the Constitution. This is done, she said, despite court decisions that have rejected arguments that the NCAA is a "state actor" and therefore subject to these requirements.

    "An even playing field means more than an evenhanded and consistent application of the rules on the field," Potuto said. "It also means an evenhanded and consistent application of the rules off the field."

    Although Bloom's case got the most attention at the hearing, the larger question of whether Congress should tell the NCAA how it should investigate and adjudicate violations of association rules struck a personal chord with many members of the House panel.

    Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus called the hearing after the NCAA imposed sanctions against two major college athletic programs in his home state of Alabama.

    More than two years ago, the University of Alabama's football program was placed on probation, banned from bowl games and stripped of scholarships for recruiting violations.

    This year, Auburn's basketball program was slapped with probation and a loss of a scholarship amid charges that an AAU coach improperly acted as a representative of the university by arranging to wire money to one high school prospect and get a car for another.

    Bachus didn't bring up the Alabama or Auburn cases during questioning, but he accused the NCAA of trying to "poison the atmosphere" by citing the cases in an NCAA news...
    -09-15-2004, 10:10 AM
  • DJRamFan
    Utah appeals to NCAA on Utes nickname
    by DJRamFan
    Sep. 1, 2005
    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports




    SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah sought permission from the NCAA to keep using its Utes nickname and requested a decision before Friday's nationally televised football game against Arizona.

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    The university sent a seven-page appeal to the governing body Wednesday, asking that it be removed from a list of 18 schools with American Indian nicknames, mascots or images.

    "The university is anxious to have this matter resolved," university president Michael K. Young wrote.

    The NCAA said there would be no decision by Friday and declined to say when a ruling might be expected.

    The school's mascot dresses as a red-tailed hawk and has nothing to do with the state's Indian heritage. Other than the name, the only Indian reference the school uses is two feathers on the "U" emblem.

    On Aug. 4, the NCAA said it would ban American Indian images and nicknames by school representatives at postseason tournaments starting in February. Mascots will not be allowed to perform at tournament games, and band members and cheerleaders will be barred from using Indian images on their uniforms beginning in 2008.

    The decision also prohibits schools with American Indian mascots from hosting future NCAA postseason events. Schools that have already been awarded postseason tournaments would have to cover any Indian depictions in their sports venues.

    The appeal includes two letters in support of the university, one from Maxine Natchees, chairwoman of the Uintah and Ouray Tribal Business Committee, and one from Craig Thompson, commissioner of the Mountain West Conference.

    The NCAA has said approval from American Indian tribes would be a primary factor in deciding appeals from schools that want to use such nicknames and mascots in postseason play. The NCAA granted Florida State's appeal to keep its Seminoles nickname.

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    -09-01-2005, 07:29 PM
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