Colorado Football Put On Two-Years Probation For Meals Violations

Colorado was placed on two-years probation and fined $100,000 by the NCAA on Thursday for inadvertently undercharging 133 athletes for meals totaling $61,700 over six academic years. The school also was ordered to cut one football scholarship for the next three seasons.

The violations are considered "major," the infractions committee said. The fine is to be paid to a hunger- or homeless-relief charity.

The probation will not limit CU's television exposure or NCAA Tournament appearances, however.

The infractions weren't limited to the football program, said Paul Dee, infractions committee chairman. He did not list the other sports.

"We knew the number of student-athletes for each sport as it came forward. The team with the most student-athletes was football, so they probably had the most (infractions)," Dee said.

Two of the violations found that some walk-on student-athletes paid a dining hall meal-plan rate instead of the higher training-table rate.

"Training table meals are approximately $14, $15," athletic director Mike Bohn said. "Meals at the dining hall are about $7 or $8."

Bohn said the university compliance officers regulate and approve who gets what meals and when.

The nature of the infractions, because they were inadvertent and promptly reported, gave the NCAA reason to limit the penalty, Dee said.

The university proposed a self-imposed repayment of the undercharged amount to the NCAA, but Dee said because the infractions occurred over such a lengthy period of time -- from 2000-01 through the 2005-06 academic year -- and involved so many student-athletes, the NCAA decided to fine the university $100,000.

Dee said the an associate athletic director at the university discovered the discrepancy and promptly reported them.

"To their credit, the university finding the discrepancy and bringing it to the attention of the enforcement staff" lightened the penalty, Dee said.

Story Courtesy: AP Wire Reports & CBS.sportsline.com


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  • by Fred Location: Massachusetts on Jun 22, 2007 at 11:09 PM
    This sounds so silly out here on the East Coast. Was there any real violation? What's going on? Who's out to get who?

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