Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Texas Southern hit hard by bans

HOUSTON — The NCAA banned the Texas Southern football and men's basketball teams from the postseason Tuesday, saying it came close to levying the so-called "death penalty" against the school for repeated rules violations and for lying about imposing sanctions on its own.

The Division I Infractions Committee said it found a lack of institutional control and outlined problems spanning 13 sports over a seven-year period, including booster-related recruiting violations, academic improprieties, the use of ineligible athletes and exceeding scholarship limits.

The basketball team, coached by former Indiana coach Mike Davis, was banned from the 2012-13 postseason and the football team in both 2013 and 2014.

Other penalties include five years of probation and scholarship limitations in football and basketball. All team records will be vacated from 2006-10 in all sports, plus 2010-11 records for football and women's soccer. In 2010, Texas Southern won its first Southwestern Athletic Conference football championship since 1968.

The school released a statement saying it agreed with the sanctions: "It has taken the NCAA process to learn the things that we were doing wrong," athletics director Charles McClelland said. "If we had not gone through this process, we possibly could have made the same mistakes again."

The NCAA committee deemed TSU a "double repeat violator," because the program has either been on probation or had violations occurring on campus, or both, for 16 of the past 20 years. The school had said in the past that it was self-imposing sanctions, but the committee found it had not.

TCU QB IN REHAB: Suspended TCU quarterback Casey Pachall is leaving school for the semester and entering an inpatient rehabilitation facility. Coach Gary Patterson made the announcement five days after the junior starter was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in his second brush with the law in the past eight months. If Pachall completes the treatment, which usually lasts 30-60 days, the door is open for him to come back to school and the team.

AUBURN: Redshirt freshman wide receiver Sammie Coates criticized the leadership of some older players on the struggling Tigers. "We've got some of the best athletes that you can ask for," he said. "It's just, is it in their heart that they want to win or do they just want to keep going down? … Some of these older guys, they want it but they don't want it bad enough. We don't have enough leadership on this team." Coach Gene Chizik and linebacker Jake Holland disputed Coates' take on the Tigers, who are 1-4, 0-3 in the SEC.

NEBRASKA: The school introduced incoming AD Shawn Eichorst, who will replace Tom Osborne. Eichorst left the Miami job after 18 months.

STANFORD: The No. 17 Cardinal likely will miss top wide receiver Ty Montgomery (lower body injury) for Saturday's game at No. 7 Notre Dame, coach David Shaw said.

TENNESSEE: Derek Dooley is recovering from surgery on his fractured right hip and will coach from the press box Saturday at No. 19 Mississippi State.

WAC EXPANSION: The Western Athletic Conference is adding Cal State-Bakersfield and Utah Valley next year as it punts on football after half a century. The WAC is the first Division I conference to give up on football since the Southwest Conference dissolved in 1995, but the new additions assured at least for now that it won't also go the way of the SWC, and cease to exist altogether.

TOP TICKET: Tickets for the Battle on the Midway basketball game, Nov. 9 on the flight deck of the decommissioned USS Midway between Syracuse and San Diego State, go on sale Wednesday. Tickets start at $150 with a limited number available for $500. Capacity will be about 5,000. The USS Midway is now a museum.

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