Howard University Suspends Entire Athletic Department Over NCAA Violations, According To Report

Dec 31, 2011; Manhattan, KS, USA; Howard Bison center Theodore Boyomo (25) blocks out Kansas State Wildcats center Jordan Henriquez (21) during an 82-46 Bison loss at Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-US PRESSWIRE

Howard University has suspended its teams in every sport, according to a report.

The Howard University Bison, for the time being, are no more, according to a Washington City Paper report by Shani Hilton and Maya Rhodan, which cites a university spokesperson. According to the report, there appears to be some sort of a NCAA violation involved. The statement:

It is with great regret that we have temporarily suspended intercollegiate athletic competition. This is a self-imposed action while the University conducts a review. We are working quickly to resolve this issue.

Howard is a private school in Washington D.C. with an enrollment of about 10,000. Its teams compete in the MEAC, with three black college national championships in football among their achievements.

There's obviously no report yet on just what was at the root of this decision, but it's got to be just about the most drastic move a school has ever taken in response to ... well, anything sports-related. Even SMU football in the '80s wasn't hit with anything like this.

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