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Tennessee State Gets Probation

January 5, 2000

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The NCAA today reprimanded Tennessee State, cut its football scholarships and recruiting visits and placed the school on probation for three years.

The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions took the actions for eight violations that involved overspending on student-athletes, recruiting and a lack of institutional control.

``Although the university had procedures to handle these violations, they were not followed,″ committee chairman Jack Friedenthal said.

``Part of the problem in this case was when these violations were first reported to the vice president, he threw them away. That’s part of the lack of institutional control.″

Wayne Bell, Tennessee State’s NCAA compliance coordinator, was fired last June. Football coach L.C. Cole was put under a pay freeze and recruiting restrictions by the school.

The school also limited its season to 38 recruitment visits for the next two years and cut two football scholarships for the next three years. It said it would increase staffing and improve monitoring.

Two athletic directors lost their jobs over the infractions, and an assistant coach was reprimanded.

The NCAA went even farther today. It cut Tennessee State’s football scholarships by two from the average of 60.3 it had used over the past five years instead of the maximum of 63 allowed by the NCAA.

The NCAA also cut official paid recruiting visits from the 38 proposed by Tennessee State to 36 for the next two academic years.

Tennessee State will lose the equivalent of 0.02 scholarships in golf and 0.96 in tennis.

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