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Dykes: Texas Tech to limit scholarship numbers

November 24, 1997

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Texas Tech probably will self-impose football scholarship limitations in response to multiple allegations of NCAA rules violations, coach Spike Dykes said Monday.

Dykes, speaking after it was announced his coaching contract was extended through 2000, said he expects to use only 15 or 16 of the 21 scholarships he would normally have available.

Chancellor John Montford has agreed to parts of a 57-page outline of alleged NCAA violations released in October. Tech has until Feb. 2 to dispute any of the charges, which resulted from a 1 1/2-year investigation.

The allegations mainly involve the football and men’s basketball programs. Tech already has admitted allowing 76 athletes in eight sports to participate while academically ineligible and exceeding scholarship award limits.

Choosing to punish itself before NCAA sanctions are handed down, Tech announced this month it would not make itself eligible for the Big 12 championship football game or a postseason bowl.

If Texas beats Texas A&M on Friday, Tech (6-5, 5-3) would earn the right to represent the conference’s South division against Nebraska in the league title game.

Last spring, the Tech men’s basketball team removed itself from NCAA tournament consideration after officials discovered that two players weren’t properly academically certified.

Tech isn’t expected to get a hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions until April. Any sanctions would come in late May or early June.

Dykes has signed a contract extension through the year 2000. Dykes’ 1998 salary of $200,000 will carry through 2000, he could receive another $300,000 a year from other outside athletic-related income.

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