Texas Southern Receives Serious Penalties From NCAA

Both the Texas Southern football and men’s basketball team received postseasons bans for a host of violations which occurred over the last eight years. The violations included:

  • Allowing 129 student-athletes to compete, practice, and/or receive athletics aid while ineligible.
  • Exceeding the limits on initial counters in FCS, in one case by more than 50% of the limit.
  • Failure to serve penalties imposed as a result of poor APR.
  • Improperly counting basketball scholarship with the football team.
  • Failing to implement processes the institution was reporting as part of its probation from previous violations.

The result was a finding of lack of institutional control by the university, a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance by the former head football coach, and unethical conduct by the basketball coach. The headline penalties include postseason bans of two years for the football team and one year for the basketball, plus scholarship reductions for both teams.

Despite that, it seems Texas Southern got off light. A multi-year postseason ban in basketball would not have been unwarranted, given the steps taken to evade the APR penalties. And under the NCAA’s new penalty matrix, which come into effect next year, the Texas Southern football team could have been looking at a 25-50% scholarship reduction, rather than the 5% reduction they received.

3 Responses to “Texas Southern Receives Serious Penalties From NCAA”

  1. So steps taken to evade APR penalties should result in punishment in your opinion?
    If so, what does that mean for the University of North Carolina which has set up an entire cottage industry of sham classes, overt clustering and academic fraud for at least two decades ?
    UNC claims the NCAA has no say in how they run their sham classes, even though it cuts to the heart (academic integrity along with amateurism) of what the NCAA is supposed to be based on.
    Also, even if there is no specific regulation on the books to point to, there is an entire section on integrity and honesty, along with a section where the school is required to validate that their “student-athletes” are in good standing and eligible. UNC failed in all these counts and their athletic teams have benefitted directly from their fraud.
    A lack of a particular regulation being broken certainly didn’t stop the NCAA from punishing Penn State (and overstepping their bounds in doing so), so that excuse shouldn’t fly in this situation given that the UNC situation is completely within the realm of the NCAA’s sphere.

    • By steps to evade penalties, I mean the penalties were imposed, and then Texas Southern took steps to not comply with the penalties. That’s different than tricks to keep athletes eligible and thus not lose APR penalties and have penalties imposed. The latter is a grey area that might need fixing and might lead to UNC being punished after all. The former is pretty black and white.

      • The fact that the school didn’t even produce squad lists during the period of the violations means that not one student-athlete should have been eligible to compete. This is clearly spelled out in Bylaw And I believe that Texas Southern has a LOT more than 129 student-athletes in their program.

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