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Buffaloes Forfeit 1997 Victories

March 6, 1998

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ Colorado has forfeited all five football victories in 1997 after acknowledging an ineligible player participated in games.

Although it was fullback-linebacker Darren Fisk’s fourth year of competition, it was his sixth year of college enrollment, which violated NCAA rules.

Colorado athletic director Richard Tharp said Fisk was allowed to participate because of an error in record-keeping by registrar office employees and Fisk’s mistaken belief that he had been granted a medical hardship waiver for one year.

``When errors are discovered, we make every effort to fully investigate and disclose our findings,″ Tharp said in a statement.

With the forfeitures, Colorado’s 1997 record fell from 5-6 to 0-11. The school has had only one other winless season since the football program was established in 1890.

School officials questioned Fisk’s eligibility late last year during a routine season-ending check of outgoing seniors.

After graduating from high school at Los Gatos, Calif., in 1992, Fisk played one game in 1993 at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo before transferring to Colorado in 1994. He sat out the transfer year, then lettered the following three seasons with the Buffaloes.

Fisk thought he had been given a medical waiver for his year in California, but it was never issued, Colorado said.

NCAA rules permit student athletes four seasons of competition over five years, with a fifth season granted in some cases because of a medical hardship.

Fisk first enrolled at Colorado in 1992, which means his five years of eligibility expired at the end of the 1996 season.

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