Arkansas State Is Latest NCAA Case to Reveal Academic Fraud

March 14, 2011

The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Arkansas State University agreed on Friday that a former university official engaged in academic fraud and that 31 athletes participated when they should have been ineligible. In a case adjudicated through the NCAA's summary disposition process, which is used when there is no disagreement between NCAA investigators and campus officials, the Division I Committee on Infractions found that Arkansas State -- because of a misunderstanding by two new academic advisers -- had let 31 athletes play although they had failed to complete a large enough proportion of their degree requirements under NCAA rules. And the university's former director of technology, without the knowledge of the professor of a men's basketball player, had changed the athlete's grade in two separate courses to keep him eligible. Arkansas State will vacate victories for four teams whose athletes played while ineligible and lose a handful of scholarships as a result of the violations.

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