UNCG placed on two years probation for NCAA rules violations

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UNCG announced Thursday that its athletic department has been placed on probation by the NCAA for rules violations that occurred between the 2007-08 and 2012-13 academic years. The violations, which were deemed to be secondary by the NCAA, were self-reported by UNCG and came as a result of programs failing to properly monitor the initial-eligibility and squad list certification processes.

UNCG self-imposed a number of penalties, including a year of probation, the forfeiture of games in which athletes found to be ineligible competed, and a $5,000 fine, with the NCAA adding a year of probation to make it a total of two years.

“UNCG is committed to the highest level of NCAA compliance,” UNCG athletic director Kim Record said in a statement released by the school. “We are committed to abiding by all NCAA rules and I expect our entire athletic department to continue its strong dedication to compliance in the future.”

The case involves multiple inadvertent violations of the NCAA’s initial-eligibility legislation that resulted in 57 student-athletes from 2007-08 through 2012-13 academic years practicing, competing, receiving athletically related aid and/or receiving actual and necessary expenses for competition while ineligible. A majority of the deficiencies that caused the NCAA initial-eligibility certification violations included student-athletes not registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, not completing the required amateurism certification questionnaire, not requesting certification for a specific sport in which the student-athlete participated, not submitting transcripts or test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center and/or not requesting final amateurism certification. Additionally, from 2007-08 through 2010-11, the university did not require the athletics director or head coaches to review and sign squad lists and did not keep lists on file.

Thirteen sports, including men’s basketball, were cited in the report put together by the NCAA. Yet while the violations weren’t deemed to be serious, the number of violations (involving 57 athletes) factored into the NCAA’s decision to add a second year of probation. No sports lost scholarships as a result of the NCAA ruling.