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Texas Tech Imposes 3-Year Probation

April 14, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas Tech today imposed a three-year probation on its own athletic program and promised to forfeit games, reduce scholarships and place other penalties on several of its sports teams.

In releasing its 1,250-page formal response to 18 NCAA accusations of rules violations issued in October, the school announced major scholarship reductions in men’s basketball, baseball and football. Minor cuts will hit women’s basketball and men’s golf and track.

The school admitted Oct. 2 that 76 players competed ineligibly in those sports because of academic certification mistakes or scholarship overages. Tech compliance director Bob Burton said today an expanded internal audit has increased the total to 81.

Additionally, Tech will forfeit all games in which ineligible players participated and pledged to return about $100,000 earned by the men’s basketball team’s advancement to the regional semifinals in the 1996 NCAA tournament.

Burton declined to speculate how many other games Tech stands to forfeit, saying specific sports events will be discussed during the university’s hearing before the NCAA in Cleveland on April 24-25.

The basketball team already had withdrawn from NCAA tournament consideration a year ago and the football team declined to seek a bid to any postseason competition last fall, a move Burton said cost the university about $1.75 million in income shared from other Big 12 schools.

The university plans no further postseason sanctions, although the NCAA could implement additional penalties by late June.

Burton cited federal law in declining to name specific players who competed when they shouldn’t have.

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