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FIU gets more penalties

These are for the other findings that were discovered during their compliance audit. Is not pretty.

Does this mean we are undefeated in the Shula Bowls?



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NCAA News Release


Division I Committee on Infractions Penalizes Florida International University



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Wednesday, May 7, 2008, 3 p.m. Eastern time
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INDIANAPOLIS—The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has penalized Florida International University for major NCAA rules violations in its athletics program. The violations include ineligible participation, misapplied financial aid rules and a lack of institutional control.

Penalties for the violations, including those self-imposed by the institution, include four years of probation, a vacation of records and reductions of scholarships in 11 sports.

During the five academic years from 2002-03 through 2006-07, 45 student-athletes in 15 sports were allowed to compete while ineligible as a result of the university's misapplication of basic NCAA eligibility rules. These misapplied rules pertained to full-time enrollment, progress-toward-degree requirements, the "five year" eligibility rule, squad lists and transfers. The university also over-awarded athletic scholarships in three equivalency sports – men's and women's soccer and women's golf – from 2004-05 through 2006-07.

The committee found the violations coincided with the university's rapid move from classification as an NCAA Division I-AA program (now called the Championship Subdivision) to Division I-A (now the Bowl Subdivision).Within four years of the inception of its football program, the university was playing in the highest classification and had added approximately 100 student-athletes to the university's athletic squad lists.

It was found that the university's compliance effort was not expanded or improved as the athletics program grew. The athletics compliance office and academic advising units were understaffed and not all departments on campus had been integrated into the compliance effort. In addition, it was found that the personnel making eligibility certification decisions were not properly educated on NCAA rules and were making decisions using a software system that at times did not contain all of the relevant information.

In determining the penalties, the Committee on Infractions considered the university's cooperation in the investigation; the recent substantial improvements in the compliance system; its status as repeat violator (it is currently on probation from a 2005 case); self-imposed penalties and corrective actions. The penalties are as follows:

•         Public reprimand and censure.

•         Four additional years of probation to be added to the conclusion of the institution's current probationary period (May 20, 2008).  As a result, the institution's probationary period is extended through May 19, 2012.

•         The university will vacate all wins in which the 45 student-athletes competed while ineligible, including participation in any NCAA championship. The individual records of the ineligible student-athletes will be vacated as well, including any records accumulated during championship competition. Further, the university's records regarding each affected sport, as well as the record of the former head coaches in those sports, will reflect the vacated records and be recorded in all records publications including, but not limited to, university media guides, recruiting material and university and NCAA archives. Any public reference to tournament performances or individual championships won during this time will be removed, including, but not limited to, athletics department stationery and banners displayed in public areas such as the arenas in which the affected teams compete. Finally, any championship awards shall be returned to the NCAA national office.

•         Reduction of grants-in-aid as follows:

o   Football, 3 in 2008-09 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Baseball, 1.5 reductions in 2007-08 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Men's Basketball, 1 reduction in 2007-08 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Men's Soccer, 4.3 total, with a reduction of 3.06 in 2007-08 and 1.26 in 2008-09 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Softball, 1 reduction in 2007-08 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Women's Golf, .04 in 2007-08 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Women's Swimming/Diving, .50 reduction in 2008-09 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Women's Soccer, 3.48 total, with reduction of 2.26 in 2007-08 and 1.22 in 2008-09 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Women's Tennis; 1 reduction in 2008-09 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Men's Track/Cross Country; 1.5 reduction in 2008-09 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Women's Track/Cross Country; 2 reductions in 2008-09 (Self-imposed by institution);

o   Women's Volleyball, 1 reduction in 2007-08 (Self-imposed by institution).

The Committee on Infractions consists of conference and institutional athletics administrators, faculty and members of the public. The committee independently rules on cases investigated by the NCAA enforcement staff and determines appropriate penalties. The committee's findings may be appealed to the Infractions Appeals Committee.

The members of the Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case are Josephine Potuto, the Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law and chair of the committee; Alfred Lechner, Jr., attorney; Dennis Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and formerly director of athletics at Hampton University; Andrea Meyers, athletic director emeritus, Indiana State University; Gene Marsh, James M. Kidd Sr. Professor of Law at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa School of Law; Jack Friedenthal, professor at George Washington University National Law Center; Thomas Phillips, attorney with the Austin, Texas office of the law firm Baker Botts and formerly the chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court; Dennis Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and formerly director of athletics at Hampton University; and Yvonne "Bonnie" Slatton, professor of physical education and sport science, University of Iowa.




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illinoisowl said

These are for the other findings that were discovered during their compliance audit. Is not pretty.

Ted suggested (as I'm sure others have) that these infractions might have been the result of growing pains… too much too fast on FIU's behalf… and several of the FIU posters on their messageboard wondered if they would feel any negative effects from their quick transition… guess that answers their question. I don't think this will kill their program but it will certainly sting for awhile.

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Does anyone know where to find out the games that the 45 ineligible athletes competed in?  We may be undefeated in the Shula Bowl, wow would that be funny.  The signs we could make saying now we are undefeated.  The FIU fans would definitely hate having to forfeit their only football win against us.
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I find it interesting that they are not even discussing this on their board, either everyone gave up (all 10 of them) or they just don't care anymore.  I actually feel bad for them. I would like their football program to go away but not because of sanctions.

GO OWLS!
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This very same topic was discussed here a while ago (in October of 2007), as these are a consequence of FIU self reporting the infractions when new AD Pete Garcia took over, and FIU self-imposing the sanctions that the NCAA just validated for the most part, as you can see in the release.. This is, in effect, old news with the officiality of the NCAA handing down very similar penalties FIU already self imposed the prior recruiting season.

Dusky, don't worry, we ain't going away so easy ;)




Owl's Nest

Discussion on FAU Football Message Board in Oct. 2007
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So does this mean that FIU has to forfeit all their wins from the past 3 years in Football, and basketball? So does that mean the 2 regular season wins against us this year at Burrow don't count either?

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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lngbrdr said

Does anyone know where to find out the games that the 45 ineligible athletes competed in?  We may be undefeated in the Shula Bowl, wow would that be funny.  The signs we could make saying now we are undefeated.  The FIU fans would definitely hate having to forfeit their only football win against us.

Do you really want to claim a 46-point loss as a win?  Just sayin'…
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The said

lngbrdr said

Does anyone know where to find out the games that the 45 ineligible athletes competed in?  We may be undefeated in the Shula Bowl, wow would that be funny.  The signs we could make saying now we are undefeated.  The FIU fans would definitely hate having to forfeit their only football win against us.

Do you really want to claim a 46-point loss as a win?  Just sayin'…

Well, no… BUT if it means we're undefeated in the Shula Bowl then sure! why not? It's not like we're desperate for wins or anything but it would be bittersweet

My two favorite teams are FAU, and who ever is beating FIU!
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What jumps out at me is that FIU got another four years of probation, their current probation period was suppose to end in '08, now extended till '12.
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Jab979 said

The said

lngbrdr said

Does anyone know where to find out the games that the 45 ineligible athletes competed in?  We may be undefeated in the Shula Bowl, wow would that be funny.  The signs we could make saying now we are undefeated.  The FIU fans would definitely hate having to forfeit their only football win against us.

Do you really want to claim a 46-point loss as a win?  Just sayin'…

Well, no… BUT if it means we're undefeated in the Shula Bowl then sure! why not? It's not like we're desperate for wins or anything but it would be bittersweet

Maybe, but I'd rather not remind them – "hey, remember that time we ran back 4 INTs for touchdowns in one game?"

Of course, if they have to vacate the win, would they have to vacate that ignominious record-setting performance, too?
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