Wednesday, November 16, 2005

South Carolina Joins Mississippi State


The NCAA placed the University of South Carolina on three years probation for infractions involving the football program.South Carolina admitted to 10 NCAA violations committed under former football coach Lou Holtz in a report released in July. The NCAA added a penalty against the former senior associate AD, whose activities were central to the case.
Five of the violations were classified as major.The school proposed two years of probation, a reduction from 56 to 50 paid campus visits for football recruits this year and next; and a loss of two football scholarships for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. The NCAA accepted the school's self-imposed penalties, but added a year of probation.
The July report was prepared jointly by the NCAA enforcement staff and the university and has been forwarded to the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, which can accept, reject or modify the proposed penalties.The school found violations occurred when prospective student-athletes were given impermissible tutoring sessions and offseason workouts from 1999-2002.
South Carolina was also found to have a lack of institutional control.
"These are serious violations that are not in keeping with the values of the University of South Carolina and our athletics programs," University President Andrew Sorensen said in July. "They certainly cast our university in a light, which no one in the Carolina family condones.