Eastern woes will follow Wulff to WSU

WSU HEAD FOOTBALL coach Paul Wulff will not be allowed to attend practices with his Cougar team for the first three days of fall camp as part of the penalties issued by the NCAA today for infractions committed at Eastern Washington while Wulff was the head coach there. Washington State said Wulff will be issuing a statement shortly.

Cougfan.com will bring you Wulff's statement in its entirety. WSU spokesman Bill Stevens said the release would be issued late this afternoon.

As for the NCAA penalties, in addition to missing the three practices, Wulff must attend, at his own cost, an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar during each of the next three years. His punishment pales compared to the sanctions handed down on EWU.

The NCAA has placed Eastern Washington on three years of probation and banned the Eagles for one year from postseason play. Additional penalties include financial aid reductions, coaching limitations and recruiting restrictions.

The violations, say the NCAA, also include impermissible participation by ineligible student-athletes in practice, the use of too many countable coaches performing coaching duties, failure to monitor by the former head coach, and a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university.

Two years ago, back in February of 2007, a self-report on one of the violations was sent by Eastern to the NCAA according to the EWU newspaper. Contained in that report was a letter from Wulff to the NCAA in which he said that he had been unaware of the coaching limits rule for the past seven years. Also included was a list of student assistant coaches at Eastern who were found to be under violation of the rule by the school after taking an unsatisfactory number of credits.

Wulff said in Eastern's report that "I was unaware that select few of the student-assistants that were involved with our program were not enrolled full-time nor do I believe we gained a competitive advantage due to their academic status."

The violations occurred during the 2003-04 through the 2006-07 academic years, the NCAA says in its report. You can find the NCAA release here.

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