Director of Athletics Tim Weiser said the University informed the NCAA of possible violations and is adhering to the investigative process utilized by the NCAA. At this time, no specific allegations have been outlined by the NCAA.
"We discovered possible rules violations within our athletics program and promptly began an internal investigation," Weiser said. "Concurrently, we notified the NCAA. We have been diligently working with the NCAA on this matter and will continue to cooperate fully.
"Furthermore, to this point there is no evidence that any member of the coaching staff, support staff or representatives of our athletics interests are involved," Weiser said. "This investigation centers around one former university employee, three former football players and two current members of the team."
As is its policy involving such internal matters, the athletics department has retained outside counsel through the firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King to assist in the investigation.
"We have never, nor will we ever, tolerate intentional violations of NCAA rules," Weiser said. "Should it be determined that violations have occurred, we will take whatever steps necessary to ensure that we maintain the highest standard for compliance."