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NCAA brings down the hammer on Stephen F. Austin college athletics

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In another classic case of NCAA hypocrisy, Stephen F. Austin is being forced to vacate a total of 289 wins, including conference championships, across several sports over the course of 2013 to 2019. Due to an administrative error in regards to the academic administration office, 82 student-athletes were ruled eligible when they actually were not.

The University has been hit with Level 1 violations. Banners from the basketball team’s conference championships will be taken down.

The damage done from this is going to rock the SFA program for a while. On Wednesday, the athletic department was placed on a three-season postseason ban. Here is everything SFA will lose/be forced to vacate, according to East Texas Matters:

  • 117 men’s basketball wins (including the 2016 NCAA tournament win over West Virginia)
  • 112 baseball victories
  • 31 softball wins
  • 29 football wins
  • Three men’s basketball conference championships
  • Three years of probation;
  • Public reprimand and censure;
  • A fine of $5,000 plus one-half of one percent of the total budgets for football and men’s basketball;
  • The return of 50 percent of the University’s financial share earned from participation in the 2016 NCAA Tournament
  • Included in the vacation of wins are conference championships in men’s basketball in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2017-18, as well as the program’s First Round win in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.  The banners recognizing those achievements will be removed from William R. Johnson Coliseum.
  • A 2.5% reduction in financial aid awards (scholarships) in football for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022; a 5% reduction in baseball in either 2020-21 or 2021-2022 and the loss of one scholarship in men’s basketball in either 2020-2021 or 2021-22.
  • Prior to the conclusion of the probationary period, the institution will submit to a data review with APP staff.

Good lord… This is as close to the ‘Death Penalty” as we’re going to see from the NCAA in the year 2020.

“The primary issue was that former department personnel responsible for the certification process were incorrectly counting all semester credit hours to determine academic eligibility instead of counting only degree-applicable credits, as prescribed by NCAA rules.” Ryan Ivey said, who is the Athletics Director at SFA.

Now tell me this… Why didn’t the same thing happen to North Carolina or Kansas? Oh wait, we already know that answer: Stephen F. Austin doesn’t bring in the same kind of money that those blue blood schools typically do.

“The university was found to lack institutional control because it did not adequately monitor and control the athletics eligibility certification process, failed to properly apply academic certification rules and did not involve staff members from outside of athletics in the certification process,” the NCAA announced in a press release.

Strippers and fake classes are good to go, but don’t you dare let the missteps of a previous administration surface or the NCAA will destroy the next 10 years of your future. Congratulations SFA, you were just small enough of a financial blip on the NCAA’s radar that they felt comfortable dragging you through the mud.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

34 Comments for NCAA brings down the hammer on Stephen F. Austin college athletics

  1. UKLugo
    3:05 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah how UNC getting off scott free is an abomination. Especially in light of something like this.

    • Cletis75
      1:38 pm May 25, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, if I am SFA, I file a discrimination lawsuit against the NCAA! Expose their corruption at all levels.I would invite in every other small school that has been punished in recent years.

  2. J. Did
    3:23 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    UKLugo…I concur. I hate UNCheat. I cheer for dUKe any day over UNCheat. UNCheat…never forget UNCheat cheated in excess of 20 years…and it paid off on the one hand. However, UNCheat is eternally scarred, fallen; zero respect for UNCheat.

  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    3:31 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    J.Did what are you talking about? There’s enough proof of Duke cheating both on and off the court. They’ve been getting by with tripping players, flops, stomping on players, and illegal recruiting almost as long as K has been there. Look no further than Zion’s recruitment where Kansas was his go to school, and then he magically ended up at Duke. Why is this relevant because one Duke assistant had got caught passing out impermissibles at a different school and investigations have showed KU was going to pay him. Put 2 and 2 together and you easily realise Duke outbid them.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      7:17 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

      I’m sure you meant Clemson was his go to school. I actually think Zion would have picked UK if Duke hadn’t paid him.

    • J. Did
      10:26 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

      Ttssbf (conjecturist-extraordinaire):

      1) “Irregardless”, as they say in Brooklyn – I am compelled to ask you: Has dook admitted to anything? No.

      2) Next: Did UNCheat admit to 20+ years of academic fraud? Yes.

      Case closed.

  4. nocode96
    3:33 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    This is astoundingly stupid and egregious from the ncaa. Just have to stand back in awe of their hypocrisy. Arizona, LSU, KU… all of them get a pass. Mind boggling.

    • BluemanGreen
      2:04 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

      It’s an abomination

  5. BigBluSoTru
    3:35 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    However NC had fake classes so every dam athlete was ineligible . But Ncaa says we don’t cover that area SMH !

  6. OldSchool606
    3:53 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    If the NCAA hits SFA for lack of institutional control, then the NCAA has obliterated their own argument for letting UNC off scot free on academic fraud simply because UNC fraud applied to all students, not just athletes. Think about it, it was lack of institutional control that permitted UNC to perpetuate fake classes for all students, including athletes but the NCAA says it’s ok. Yet SFA has someone actually has institutional control by checking on grades & simply made the mistake of including nondegree classes in the calculation. I guess stare decicis has its limits at the NCAA but the hypocrisy of the NCAA has no limits. Couple this hypocrisy with the hypocrisy of bringing the athletes back on campus early just to balance their budgets, it just makes me sick.

  7. peaches76
    3:55 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Boy, they must be REALLY mad about the Zion situation!!

  8. Lip Man 1
    3:56 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t argue with anything Zach wrote.

  9. texasukcat
    4:17 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    So this will wipe out their win at Duke this past season. Didn’t really happen. Coach K and NCAA team up again to grow his legacy.

    • 2andToodleLoo
      4:53 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly! SFA had it coming when they beat Duke. Angered the NCAA and embarrassed Count Rat Face. Anything to detract from the Duke scandal with Zion.

  10. T-Town Cat
    4:20 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    You knew something like this was going to happen when Kansas made the NCAA mad by fighting their Notice of Allegations.

  11. bigblue98
    4:34 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Why is everyone against Duke and UNC? Everyone knows they do it the right way. Mike Zswyyfdseki and Daggumit Roy would never cheat – they told us so, so that’s good enough for me.

  12. tdub
    4:49 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Wow, talk about a double standard.

  13. BobbyBlue
    5:03 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Mind boggling what the corrupt Fightn Emmerts
    can get away with, just to justify the existence of Mark Emmert and his salary of $4 million.

  14. UKgrad80
    5:05 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    This is just sickening someone should ban the NCAA. What bunch of gutless cowards. The NCAA should be ashamed.

  15. dhard
    5:07 pm May 24, 2020 Permalink

    Obviously, the NCAA is still mad at Duke, UNC, Kansas, LSU, Arizona, etc.

  16. runningunnin.454
    12:21 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

    But, I bet SFA student-athletes actually attended classes…there is the shame of the ncaa; once again ,tyrannical and capricious, arbitrary and discrepant.
    No organization or institution in the country is more devoid of honor and integrity…and more worthy of contempt and disbandment.

  17. lexattorney
    12:38 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

    I love that this just hit the site after I left the link to the story in the comments LAST WEDNESDAY. They just have to be ones to “scoop” every story LMAO

  18. UKinIN
    12:43 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

    I hate UNC as much as the next UK fan, but people need to quit comparing unrelated cases to what UNC did. The bottom line was UNC was just smarter about their cheating. It happened outside of the Athletic Department. What SFA did happened inside athletics. I have no idea if the punishment SFA is receiving is fair. I do think that UNC got away with decades of eroding what the NCAA claims they seek to uphold, but the SFA and UNC cases are not the same.

    • Fitz
      1:24 pm May 25, 2020 Permalink

      Amen, UKinIN. UNC got off the hook because the lay up courses were not limited to jocks. More than 60% enrollment were non-athletes. A slippery academic slope but not a NCAA violation.

  19. BluemanGreen
    2:06 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

    The NCAA is crooked & corrupt!

  20. KYJelly
    8:21 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

    This is getting out of head. Someone within the media needs to take this opportunity to continually speak out about the NCAA’s hypocrisy. It’s a simple argument:

    “Someone counts credits rock, meaning students weren’t eligible and that is a lack of institutional control, but having fake classes and counting those credits is ok and shows institutional control?

  21. Big Sexy
    8:58 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

    How was it determined that UNC did not “adequately monitor and control the athletics eligibility”?

    • Fitz
      8:16 pm May 25, 2020 Permalink

      Because the academic courses in question were open to all students, who comprised more than .63% of the enrollment in those grap courses.

  22. Corder
    11:16 am May 25, 2020 Permalink

    Bobby blue, I can see what you’re saying but I really think Kansas might get hit hard. They are rubbing it in the NCAAs face and they have not backed down from it one bit. The NCAA I feel might go after them harder but I could be completely wrong and history has shown us that I would be wrong. Just have a feeling they don’t want to be embarrassed agin. Plus if Kansas does get away then the precedent is shown that you do not play ball and can cheat all you want

  23. BobbyBlue
    12:06 pm May 25, 2020 Permalink

    Corder— The fact that the Gayhawks do not play in the ACC will be a huge factor in whatever punishment they receive, and I would lay 6 to 2 that it is years and a couple of wig changes before anything is done.
    Just as it will be late August before Emmert turns down Sarr’s appeal, it will be awhile.

  24. Skywalker
    2:52 pm May 26, 2020 Permalink

    For everyone who has ever gambled Bobby Blue meant 3 to 1