U spared by NCAA

The University men’s basketball team has been placed on four years probation, has lost an additional scholarship and will have the 1997 Final Four season stricken from the record books, according to an NCAA report to be released today.
The team will, however, be allowed to participate in post-season play this academic year.
The report, which found the academic cheating scandal to be among the worst it has seen in two decades, also calls for NCAA hiring restrictions on former University employees implicated in the scandal.
Clem Haskins, former men’s basketball coach; Alonzo Newby, former academic counselor; and Jan Gangelhoff, a former tutor in the academic counseling unit will have to appear before the Committee on Infractions before they work for an NCAA school in the future.
The sanctions are serious but do not go far beyond what the University had previously imposed.
The NCAA commended the University for its investigation and self-penalties, including an offer to repay up to 90 percent of revenues accrued in post-season tournaments using ineligible players.
The University also barred itself from post-season play last year, reduced scholarships and limited recruiting in the wake of the scandal.
University officials will hold a press conference at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the report.
In all, the Committee on Infractions found 17 violations of NCAA rules related to academic fraud, extra benefits for players and unethical conduct.
The full report will be published on the NCAA’s Web site at www.ncaa.org/enforcement today at 2 p.m.

— Compiled from wire reports.