Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

FAMU to Report Hundreds of Violations to NCAA

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

FAMU to Report Hundreds of Violations to NCAA

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Football coach fired amid recruiting and eligibility infractions

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

Florida A&M University is recommending scholarship cuts in every sport after a nearly three-year internal investigation uncovered "well over 200" violations, another black eye for an athletic department in apparent disarray.

The announcement came just days after football coach Billy Joe was fired for purported recruiting and eligibility violations. The school's findings were forwarded to the NCAA with a list of recommended restrictions, sports information director Alvin Hollins says.

"We're cutting scholarships in virtually every sport. At least one will be cut in every sport, some will have more than one cut," Hollins told The Associated Press. Some sports will definitely have some restrictions in recruiting. We're also making some severe cuts in our operating budget."

The NCAA is still in the midst of its own investigation of Florida A&M, and a ruling on the infractions and any restrictions is expected this fall.

Among the violations announced by the school were: Ineligible athletes allowed to compete; improper conduct of coaches concerning a change of grade; recruiting violations; and violations of practice time rules.

"We could be looking at multiple years of probation," says Hollins, who added that the school may be forced to refund money from NCAA basketball tournament appearances.

The investigation was the continuation of the one that showed 196 NCAA rules violations throughout Florida A&M's athletics program and led to the school stripping itself of 11 conference titles, including two in football. …

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