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NCAA penalizes EWU over football program violations

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The NCAA announced Wednesday numerous penalties Eastern Washington University and former EWU football coach Paul Wulff will now face after several infractions made by the football program were made public. The violations include allowing ineligible athletes to practice, the use of too many coaches and failure to monitor by the university.

The penalties were announced by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions at noon in a live teleconference.

Wulff, who now coaches at Washington State, cannot have any contact with the Washington State football team during the first three days of practice this season.

Penalties to EWU for the violations include three years probation, a postseason ban, financial aid reductions, coaching limitations and recruiting restrictions, among others.

During the 2003-04 through the 2006-07 academic years, 13 football student-athletes were allowed to participate in practice activities even though they were non-qualifiers, they did not have their eligibility certified by the university or the NCAA, or did not meet transfer requirements.

Additionally, two of the student-athletes were provided housing and meals during preseason practice prior to the first day of classes even though they were not eligible to receive such benefits. Further, the university failed to withhold one of the student-athletes from competition after discovering the young man's involvement in the NCAA violations.

The football program also exceeded the maximum number of 11 countable coaches during the 2003-04 through 2006-07 academic years. During this time, anywhere from 13 to 15 individuals per year were allowed to perform coaching duties in the football program.

The committee found that the violations in this case were the result of the former head coach's inattention to certain aspects of his program. The committee stated it was most concerned that the former head coach did not report various violations to the compliance office once he learned of them.

The violations in this case were a result of the university's failure to have in place an effective system of athletics compliance.

The penalties, some of which were self-imposed by the institution, are as follows:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Three years of probation (Feb. 11, 2009 to Feb. 10, 2012).
  • Reduction of two overall equivalencies awarded in football from 63 to 61 for the 2008-09 through 2010-11 academic years. (Self-imposed by the university).
  • Reduction of the number of full-time coaches by one from 11 to 10 for the 2008-09 through 2010-11 academic years. (Self-imposed by the university).
  • Limitation of the number of incoming freshman who are non-qualifiers to no more than three per year for all three years of probation. The university previously averaged seven incoming freshman non-qualifiers per year over a four year period.
  • Prohibition of the recruitment of non-qualifiers from two-year institutions for three years. (Self-imposed by the university).
  • Prohibition of incoming student-athletes who have not been certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center from attending preseason football camp for a period of two years to include 2009-10 and concluding in the 2010-11 academic year. (Self-imposed by the university).
  • The football team shall end its 2009 season with the playing of its last regularly scheduled, in-season contest and is not be eligible to participate in any postseason competition.
  • The former head coach shall attend, at his own cost, an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar during each of the three years of probation.
  • The former head coach will not be allowed to have any contact with his present institutions' football squad during the first three days of practice prior to the 2009 season.

Information from NCAA