NCAA fines, places Alcorn State on 2 year probation - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

NCAA fines, places Alcorn State on 2 year probation

Source: Wiki Commons Source: Wiki Commons
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Alcorn State University has been fined and put on probation for two years by the NCAA.

According to the NCAA, Alcorn State University has failed to monitor its progress-toward-degree certification process.

The university improperly certified 28 student-athletes in 11 sports over the course of four academic years, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

The panel prescribed two years of probation, a $5,000 fine retained by the university for compliance education and a vacation of records for games in which ineligible student-athletes competed.

Alcorn State announced that they will vacate wins that ineligible student athletes competed in as follows:

The baseball team will vacate wins from the 2012-13, 13-14 and 14-15 academic years; Men’s Basketball will vacate wins from the 2011-12, 12-13 and 13-14 years; Women’s Cross Country will vacate wins from the 2012 and 2013 years; Women’s Outdoor Track will vacate wins from the 2012-13 year; Men’s Cross Country will vacate wins from 2014; Men’s Outdoor Track will vacate wins from 2014; Football will vacate wins from the 2012-13 and 13-14 academic years; Volleyball will vacate wins from the 2013-14 and 14-15 years; Women’s Tennis will vacate wins from the 2012-13 year; Softball will vacate wins from the 2013-14 year; and Women’s Soccer will vacate wins from the 2012 and 2013 year.

It was determined that the infraction was a result of an unintentional administrative error and not any form of improper behavior.

President Alfred Rankins Jr. said, "In November 2014, Alcorn established the Office of Athletic Compliance and Academic Services to strengthen its policies and restructure student athlete support services."

The university said:

At the heart of Alcorn Athletics’ core focus areas, under the new vision and administration, are academic excellence and strong compliance systems, policies and personnel.

Alcorn and its leaders are cognizant of the complexity of the problems associated with past practices and structures. In taking full responsibility for these problems and complete ownership of and pride in our program, much has been done to rectify the matter; strategic, focused decisions will continue to be made to strengthen and solidify the operations and practices of the department and all associated University constituents.

We are highly focused on ensuring institutional control and shared responsibility for compliance. The Compliance office now reports directly to the president and has employed additional employees to meet its goals and improve the certification process.

Copyright 2016 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly