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N.M. St. Imposes Sanctions on Team

December 7, 2000

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) _ New Mexico State imposed sanctions on its men’s basketball team for alleged NCAA violations that occurred under former coach Neil McCarthy.

School president G. Jay Gogue said the sanctions include a ban on postseason competition by the Aggies this season, the loss of four scholarships in the next three years, and two years’ probation.

The university reported the possible violations in February and the NCAA has been investigating.

The accusations are similar to charges leveled against the Aggies several years ago that led to three years probation for the men’s program. The Aggies completed that probation in August 1999.

Under the latest sanctions, the Aggies will not recruit any junior college players for the 2002-03 season. The school also imposed sanctions dealing with recruiting visits by athletes and coaches.

According to a report released by New Mexico State in February, McCarthy allegedly obtained fraudulent academic credits for two players with the help of a junior college coach who was hired by McCarthy as an assistant coach.

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