NCAA Accepts West Virginia Self-Sanctions; Football Program To Begin Probation

The NCAA hascharged Bill Stewart and Rich Rodriguez with failure to monitor for allegations stemming from each of their tenures at the helm of the West Virginia football program. WVU self-imposed a probationary period and loss of three scholarships.

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NCAA Accepts West Virginia's Self-Imposed Sanctions

West Virginia University announced Friday that the NCAA has accepted the school's self-imposed sanctions of a two-year probationary period for violations uncovered last summer. An NCAA report had found that former WVU coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart conducted impermissible practices and failed to properly monitor non-coaching staff's work with players. The report charged Rodriguez and Stewart with failure to monitor.

The punishment will include the Mountaineers losing a scholarship for next season, as well as a reduction in coaching positions. The team will not be banned from the post-season, however, meaning they can compete in bowl games as well as the national championship. The school will also have to make annual reports to the NCAA.

"I am pleased that the Committee accepted the self-imposed penalties the University proposed, without imposing any additional ones," WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck said in a release. "The University has already taken corrective action and put new systems in place to address all the issues raised."

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