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NCAA vacates wins and takes away a scholarship from Arkansas… State

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We have good and bad news for all two Arkansas State fans who read CFT (the rest of you can move on to “who’s worse” debate: Tressel or Auburn). The good news is that your team has finally made headlines. The bad news is that it’s because you violated NCAA bylaws.

According to an Associated Press article, the NCAA has vacated wins from Arkansas State’s 2005-06 seasons for using ineligible players who failed to to meet NCAA rules on progress-toward-degree requirements.

The school discovered the violations during an internal audit and reported them to the NCAA. ASU also offered to vacate 10 victories from 2005-06, and 27 from the basketball program, which was also included in the sanctions.

Additionally, the NCAA will take away — count ‘em — one whole scholarship away from Arkansas St.

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14 Responses to “NCAA vacates wins and takes away a scholarship from Arkansas… State”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Mar 11, 2011 6:37 PM

    There you go. Pick on poor little Ark State while the give a pass on Cam’s daddy asking (multiple?) schools for $180k for one year in college. Is he matriculating towards a degree? They could do that to almost every school that somehow can’t get their athletes to qualify and graduate.

    It amazes me that the NCAA continues to pick schools like Ark State and not penalize major programs. I suppose they think it won’t matter at some schools.

  2. wilburmills says: Mar 11, 2011 6:42 PM

    Why the silliness with the headline? Arkansas
    State has nothing whatsoever to do with the U of A… I won’t mind when the headline is Ohio State vacates Sugar Bowl win and other wins in 2010 season

  3. tweener8292 says: Mar 11, 2011 7:20 PM

    Jerry Tarkanian always said that about the NCAA..to paraphrase it in this case, “The NCAA is so angry at Ohio State that they nailed Arkansas State”.

  4. tigersgeaux says: Mar 11, 2011 9:16 PM

    tweener8292: That is funny! Thank you for the laugh. Truly! It is sad how the NCAA acts, however. Would writing them a letter expressing outrage on some of their recent decisions matter to anyone at the NCAA?

  5. stangz11 says: Mar 11, 2011 9:35 PM

    Who cares? It was 4 years ago and you can’t prove that those players actually won those games for Arkansas State anyways….

  6. buckeyeboy says: Mar 11, 2011 9:57 PM

    tigersgeaux, the NCAA hasnt issued a ruling on OSU yet, so im not really sure what questionable decisions your talking about………

  7. Deb says: Mar 11, 2011 10:11 PM

    Oooooh, Ben … you’re about to get on the wrong side of tryagainplease with that tricky headline LOL Don’t you make that poor girl think her Razorbacks are having to vacate wins!

  8. tryagainplease says: Mar 12, 2011 4:43 AM

    Lol- that is what I thought for a split second. Poor ASU tho- does seem a little harsh.

  9. parkcityute says: Mar 12, 2011 5:04 AM

    tryagainplease: it does seem harsh. In view of this harsh penalty, we wonder what the NCAA will do with Ohio State and Tressel for his blatant “major violation” as he has admitted? whew!

  10. edgy says: Mar 12, 2011 8:58 AM

    “Additionally, the NCAA will take away — count ‘em — one whole scholarship away from Arkansas St.”

    This, buckeyeboy, is how you keep the NCAA from doing it without Vaseline.

  11. edgy says: Mar 12, 2011 11:24 AM

    BTW, for those that believe that the penalties are harsh: they were from the school and the NCAA simply accepted their self-imposed sanctions with a little scholarship forfeit on the side. As you can see, when the school gets ahead of the NCAA, they don’t get it as bad. I can guarantee you that if they chose to gloss over this OR if they had decided to forfeit far fewer games that the NCAA would have given them far stiffer penalties than they gave themselves right now.

  12. Deb says: Mar 12, 2011 11:56 AM

    @tryagainplease …

    Thought the same thing when I first saw it. It was one of those “What now???” moments LOL

    @Ohio State fans …

    I initially thought OSU’s sanctions were sufficient. But now I realize it will be almost impossible for the NCAA to justify vacating wins because these players didn’t make sufficient progress toward their degrees … but letting your wins stand when Tressel covered up the infractions. You need to brace yourselves.

  13. buckeyeboy says: Mar 12, 2011 3:48 PM

    well im glad that settles it WHOO!!!

    its nice to know edgy is the president of the NCAA and knows how they plan to deal out suspensions

    oh wait…………

  14. edgy says: Mar 12, 2011 5:16 PM

    Having seen more schools get in trouble than you, I think that I can give a better evaluation than you can — even if you were to live to 3,000 and I were to kick the bucket tomorrow. You’ve already admitted that you have no real perspective when it comes to this…

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