UA Announcement on NCAA Verdict
In the culmination of an investigative process initiated more than three years ago, the NCAA Committee on Infractions issued its decision Thursday on the case involving the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
In its decision, the Committee accepted self-imposed actions by the university citing the "appropriate corrective measures" and "meaningful penalties" adopted by the UA following an investigation by the institution and the Southeastern Conference.
The Committee also adopted a limited number of additional penalties including the implementation of a three-year probation period. The terms of probation require the university to develop and implement a comprehensive educational program on NCAA legislation for all athletically related staff, as well as regular reporting requirements for the compliance and educational program. At the end of the probationary period, the Chancellor must certify that the university has complied with NCAA regulations.
In addition to the institution's self-imposed reduction of total grants-in-aid in football through the 2004-05 academic year, the Committee reduced by two the total grants available for the 2005-06 academic year. The Committee also reduced the institution's expense paid football recruiting visits to campus from 56 to 50 in the 2003-04 academic year.
The Committee's report neither cited a finding of lack of institutional control nor did the actions imposed include repeat-violator penalties, a postseason ban or restrictions of television appearances.
"On behalf of the University of Arkansas, we are pleased to finally have this matter resolved," Chancellor John A. White said. "We believe the final outcome of this case reflects the integrity of the university and its firm commitment to investigate all allegations in this case thoroughly and completely. In fact in the words of the Committee we imposed ‘appropriate corrective measures' and imposed ‘meaningful penalties.'
"As Chancellor, I want to reaffirm the commitment of the University of Arkansas to comply with the spirit and intent of all NCAA legislation. We know that our alumni and fans expect nothing less. Now, with this matter concluded, we are ready to move ahead with a new chapter in Razorback athletics."
The university first launched a self-inquiry in December of 1999 when allegations first arose regarding improper employment of student-athletes at a trucking company. After an exhaustive investigation in cooperation with the SEC and the NCAA Enforcement Staff, the university appeared in front of the Committee on Infractions in January.
The decision and report issued on Thursday outlined the Committee's findings. University officials have indicated that the institution is unlikely to appeal the penalties handed down in the committee's decision.
"I am pleased that the time has come to put this matter to rest and turn our focus to the promising future of Razorback athletics," Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles said. "From day one, we have taken this matter seriously and have acknowledged our responsibility for violations that did occur irregardless of direct co . The Committee's acceptance of our self-imposed actions as well as the limited number of additional penalties imposed affirms the integrity of the joint investigation conducted by the University, the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA Enforcement Staff.
"While this chapter has come to a close, the athletic department's commitment to rules compliance remains steadfast and strong."
Throughout the process, the university has sought the counsel of the Southeastern Conference including working closely with Commissioner Mike Slive and former commissioner Roy Kramer.
"I am pleased that the Committee on Infractions saw fit to acknowledge the University's work in this case by accepting its significant self-imposed penalties," SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said. "By conducting a thorough investigation under the leadership of Chancellor White, self imposing meaningful penalties and beginning a series of corrective actions, the university fulfilled its commitment to the NCAA and the SEC.
"The university can now put this matter behind it and move ahead."
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