Dozens of athletes at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks competed though they should have been ineligible, and the university's rule-breaking has drawn significant penalties from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
The Division I and Division II Committees on Infractions ruled that Alaska failed to monitor and control its athletics program, resulting in 40 athletes being improperly certified as academically eligible and competing when they should not have. Nine of the athletes played on Alaska's Division I men's ice hockey team, while the rest played on other teams that compete at the Division II level.
Four teams -- men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and women’s swimming -- will be barred from playing in the postseason this academic year. The basketball and ice hockey teams must vacate all wins in which ineligible players competed, and several of the teams face scholarship limits.
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