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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:03 pm 
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NCAA penalizes EWU football for "major violations"
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA has penalized Eastern Washington University for "major violations" in its football program and penalized former Eastern coach and current Washington State football coach Paul Wulff for his role in the violations.

WSU head coach Paul Wulff has been penalized by the NCAA for major football program violations while he was head coach at EWU from 2003-2006.
EWU sports information director Dave Cook said head football coach Beau Baldwin and athletic director Bill Chaves will be commenting on the penalties at 1 p.m.

WSU's sports information department said Wulff was out of town and not available for comment and that WSU athletic director Jim Sterk would potentially address the violations that concern Wulff later today.

The violations cited by the NCAA committee include "impermissible participation by ineligible student-athletes in practice activities, the use of too many countable coaches, failure to monitor by the former head coach, and a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university".

The NCAA committee said that "13 football players from 2003-2006 were allowed to take part in practice even though they were non-qualifiers, they did not have their eligibility certified by EWU or the NCAA, or did not meet transfer requirements".

The NCAA also said two of those 13 players were given housing and meals during preseason practice before the first day of classes and that EWU failed to hold one of those players from competition after finding out the player's involvement in the NCAA violations.

The NCAA said the program had 13 to 15 coaches rather than the 11 allowed between 2003-2006.

The NCAA committee that handed down the penalties said the violations were the result of Wulff's inattention to certain aspects of the program and the committee was concerned that Wulff did not report violations to the compliance office when he found out about them.

The penalties are as follows:

*Public reprimand and censure.

*Three years probation (Feb. 11, 2009 to Feb. 10, 2012).

*Reduction of two scholarships awarded in football from 63 to 61 for the next three years (self-imposed by the university).

*Reduction of the number of full-time coaches by one from 11 to 10 for three years (self-imposed by the university).

*Limitation of the number of incoming freshman who are non-qualifiers to no more than three per year for all three years of probation. The university previously averaged seven incoming freshman non-qualifiers per year over a four year period.

*Prohibition of the recruitment of non-qualifiers from two-year institutions for three years (self-imposed by the university).

*Prohibition of incoming student athletes who have not been certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center from attending EWU preseason football camp for a period of two years (self-imposed by the university).

*The EWU football team is not eligible for postseason competition in 2009.

*Wulff shall attend, at his own cost, an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar during each of the three years of probation.

*Wulff will not be allowed to have any contact with WSU's team during the first three days of practice prior to the 2009 season.


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