Jul 13, 2012
NCAA Hits Caltech With Sanctions

The Associated Press

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Lowly-Caltech-joins-top-teams-with-NCAA-sanctions-3704089.php

At Caltech, where the laws of physics are understood, the rules of the NCAA apparently proved elusive.

When the college sports governing body announced sanctions against the California Institute of Technology Thursday, some found it hard to believe that a school where losing streaks can be older than its athletes could be guilty of the kind of corner-cutting associated with athletic powerhouses.

“It’s not like we’ve got Reggie Bush, said Caltech student Justin Khim, referring to the former USC and current NFL star at the center of the Trojans’ troubles. The NCAA issued sanctions in 2010, including a two-year bowl ban, for improper benefits to the Heisman Trophy winner.

Caltech over four years had allowed 30 student athletes who were academically ineligible to play in practice or games in 12 sports, including baseball, basketball, tennis and swimming, the NCAA said.

Just a few students roamed the Caltech campus between summer classes Thursday afternoon, and some said they were barely aware the school had sports teams as they sat and studied in the quad.

Khim, a junior math major, said he follows major college sports, and when he heard about the sanctions said he never thought the same issues that plague many Division I schools would hit the Division III teams on his own campus.

What are the penalties? I know it’s not lost athletic scholarships because we don’t have any, Khim.

Those penalties, many of them self-imposed by the university, include no postseason play next season, three years of probation, one year of no campus recruiting and the vacating of wins and records.

The ban on postseason play, for example, won’t have a huge effect for teams just looking to win a game.

Some Beaver teams have become lovable losers in recent years.

The baseball team has lost 237 straight games. The water polo team last year snapped a losing streak that had lasted nine years.

, NCAA Hits Caltech With Sanctions

The Associated Press

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Lowly-Caltech-joins-top-teams-with-NCAA-sanctions-3704089.php

At Caltech, where the laws of physics are understood, the rules of the NCAA apparently proved elusive.

When the college sports governing body announced sanctions against the California Institute of Technology Thursday, some found it hard to believe that a school where losing streaks can be older than its athletes could be guilty of the kind of corner-cutting associated with athletic powerhouses.

It’s not like we’ve got Reggie Bush, said Caltech student Justin Khim, referring to the former USC and current NFL star at the center of the Trojans’ troubles. The NCAA issued sanctions in 2010, including a two-year bowl ban, for improper benefits to the Heisman Trophy winner.

Caltech over four years had allowed 30 student athletes who were academically ineligible to play in practice or games in 12 sports, including baseball, basketball, tennis and swimming, the NCAA said.

Just a few students roamed the Caltech campus between summer classes Thursday afternoon, and some said they were barely aware the school had sports teams as they sat and studied in the quad.

Khim, a junior math major, said he follows major college sports, and when he heard about the sanctions said he never thought the same issues that plague many Division I schools would hit the Division III teams on his own campus.

What are the penalties? I know it’s not lost athletic scholarships because we don’t have any, ” Khim.

Those penalties, many of them self-imposed by the university, include no postseason play next season, three years of probation, one year of no campus recruiting and the vacating of wins and records.

The ban on postseason play, for example, won’t have a huge effect for teams just looking to win a game.

Some Beaver teams have become lovable losers in recent years.

The baseball team has lost 237 straight games. The water polo team last year snapped a losing streak that had lasted nine years.






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