Thursday , Oct , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

NCAA extends probation period for Kansas

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The NCAA added to the University of
Kansas’ self-imposed probation on Thursday, extending the penalty period to
October 2009.

The school had imposed its own two-year probation period, but the NCAA
Division I Committee on Infractions tagged the school with more penalties for
major violations in the sports of men’s basketball and football and a lack of
institutional control.

The committee made a reduction of three initial scholarships in football for
the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years, limiting the university to no more
than 22 initial scholarships in both years.

The committee also reduced the number of scholarships for men’s basketball
from 13 to 12 in 2007-08 and 2008-09. It is giving the university flexibility
to move the penalties back a year if it has already made scholarship
commitments to recruits for next season. The men’s basketball program must
also reduce official paid visits by eight from the maximum allowed.

Compared to the women’s basketball program, the committee noted that the
university imposed no sanctions on the men’s basketball program, even though
major violations were discovered.

A former graduate assistant football coach who committed academic fraud was
given a three-year “show cause” order. This means any NCAA college or
university seeking to hire him over the next three years must appear before
the Committee on Infractions to “show cause” why he should be allowed to work
in intercollegiate athletics.

The academic fraud was the most serious violation. The committee noted a
graduate assistant football coach gave two recruits answers to a test they
were taking in the coach’s dorm room. The exam was part of a correspondence
course the recruits were taking to become eligible for admission and athletics

Also, Kansas has to cut ties with a booster who provided more than $5,000 in
benefits to two men’s basketball players for a four-year period ending October
11, 2010.

“Very little in the committee’s report surprises us, because not only did we
report these facts to the NCAA, we also thought them serious enough to impose
penalties upon ourselves that we thought were appropriate at the time,” Kansas
Chancellor Dr. Robert Hemenway said in a statement. “The committee confirmed
what we have said from the beginning: Serious violations occurred. The
committee accepted our self-imposed penalties, and in some cases added their
own. But the committee has been very fair with us. We trust the process, and
we accept the committee’s judgment.”