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NCAA Sanctions EWU Football Program

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The NCAA has penalized Eastern Washington
University's football program for violations under former coach
Paul Wulff, who now coaches at Washington State.

Violations included allowing ineligible athletes to participate,
having too many assistant coaches and failing to properly monitor
the team.

The Eastern program has been placed on three years of probation
and is banned from postseason play next season. It also has had two
scholarships cut and had limits placed on recruiting and coaching.

In addition, Wulff cannot have any contact with the Washington
State football team during the first three days of practice this
season.

Eastern Washington is a Football Championship Subdivision team
in the Big Sky Conference. The university reported the violations
to the NCAA in February of 2007.

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Wulff was head coach at Eastern from the 2000 through the 2007
seasons, making the playoffs in 2004, 2005 and 2007. He just
completed his first season at WSU.

He says he never intentionally violated NCAA rules, but takes
responsibility for the mistakes.

Wulff says WSU is excellent about NCAA compliance, and he feels
confident that he won't make such mistakes again.

Jim Sterk, WSU athletics director, says WSU was aware of the
investigation when it hired Wulff a year ago, but believed it was
more a question of institutional control at Eastern rather than
anything Wulff did wrong.

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