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Boilermakers Self-Report 6 Violations

May 8, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Key reserve Cherelle George won’t return to Purdue’s women’s basketball team, part of the fallout from the university’s 10-week internal investigation.

Purdue self-reported six violations of NCAA regulations to the NCAA and the Big Ten.

George and assistant coach Katrina Merriweather were suspended indefinitely before the Big Ten tournament because they were involved in academic misconduct. George, a 5-foot-3 defensive sparkplug, averaged 2.2 steals and received the Big Ten’s first Sixth Player of the Year award this season.

After her suspension, Merriweather’s contract was automatically terminated when coach Kristy Curry left Purdue and accepted the Texas Tech job in March.

``There’s no huge benefit beyond policing ourselves and, we hope, rooting out all violations and getting this matter in the open and on to the conference office and NCAA for final review,″ Purdue associate athletic director Jay Cooperider said.

Proposed actions include the loss of one scholarship for the 2006-07 academic year. The suspensions were considered part of Purdue’s corrective actions.

The NCAA will determine whether the self-reports constitute secondary or major violations and whether the self-imposed sanctions and corrective actions are sufficient.

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