Kansas State University's football program is being investigated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for possible rules violations in the sport of football.
In a teleconference call this morning, athletics director Tim Weiser said, "We were provided information back in March that concerned us. As we went down that road of investigation, it became obvious that we should alert the NCAA."
Weiser declined to say where the initial information came from because the department was still in an "investigative mode." Weiser defined the violations as ones of academic misconduct and allegations of extra benefits. He would not further define those areas.
Weiser did emphasize that no current member of the coaching staff or support staff was, or is, involved.
"This investigation centers around one former university employee, three former football players and two current members of the team."
One of those players has since been cleared, but has not been identified. The other is Joshua Moore, who was declared academically ineligible prior to the season opener at Auburn. Moore is continuing to practice with the team, but has not been cleared to play.
The former players are Ro Grigsby, Antonio Brown and Alphonso Moran. The violations are said to involve papers being written for the student-athletes by members of the KSU tutoring staff, and, players being romantically involved with a member of the tutoring staff.
Grigsby (Illinois State) and Brown (Tarleton State) left the program a year ago, while Moran went through the summer conditioning program in Manhattan, but left the team this past August. Of the violations, Weiser said, "We feel confident that one was of an intentional violation of NCAA rules and of university rules."
Weiser added that the in-house investigation found this to be "... isolated to one former university employee." This female employee was not a member of the athletic department staff.
Weiser indicated that he expected KSU's investigation to continue for another couple weeks, and the NCAA probe to last for several months. The NCAA has already been on campus twice. The result could be Kansas State appearing before the Committee on Infractions.
"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."
Weiser said it was uncertain whether the violations took place during the playing of the 2006 football season, but said, "Forfeiture of any game is not a concern at this point." Kansas State is being represented by the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King.