Texas Southern University Athletics: NCAA Calls Foul Once Again

The Texas Southern University Athletics Department was once again cited for infractions by the NCAA Tuesday and placed on five years probation, something which certainly has to leave both its supporters and detractors discouraged.

As the NCAA report noted, TSU "either has been on probation or had violation occurring on campus, or both, for 16 of the past 20 years."

It seems TSU can't keep boosters out of its recruiting program, exceeded scholarship limits, had ineligible student-athlete participation and academic improprieties.

Its former head basketball coach, Tony Harvey, was cited for unethical conduct -- while the men's basketball team was required to limit the scholarships it handed out it 2010-11 because of previous penalties, it exceeded the number.

Oh, and Harvey arranged with former head football coach Johnnie Cole to get around the limit by putting two basketball players on football scholarships. How creative!

Cole and his staff also knew a booster was operating in violation of NCAA rules (handing out plane tickets) and continued to allow the booster to contact potential transfers and their families, NCAA investigators said.

But like a mythic creature that cannot be killed, TSU evaded the death penalty once again. This time the reason stated was that this time the school gets it, this time the president, John Rudley, has initiated rules and procedures to stop this from happening again by setting up more oversight.

Here's the other penalties cited on the NCAA website:

Public reprimand and censure.

Five years probation from October 9, 2012, through October 8, 2017.

Postseason ban for the 2013 and 2014 football seasons and 2012-13 men's basketball season.

Three-year show-cause orders for the former head men's basketball coach and the former head football coach. The public report contains further details.

A limit of no more than 65 overall counters, 25 initial counters (from 30 maximum) and 60 equivalency scholarships (from 63 maximum) in football for four academic years.

A limit of 11 men's basketball scholarships (from 13 maximum) for three academic years.

Due to health and safety concerns related to the reductions in scholarships and squad size, during probation, the football team may only compete against FCS member schools.

Vacation of all team records for the 2006-07 through 2009-10 academic years in all sports, and vacation of all team records for the 2010-11 academic year in football and women's soccer (self-imposed by the university).

Reduction in the available number of recruiting person days by ten for men's basketball during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years (self-imposed by the university).

During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, the university may only use half the available evaluation days in both the spring and fall evaluation periods in football. Football official paid visits are limited to 30 total per year for football and nine total per year for men's basketball during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

An in-person review of the university's athletics policies and practices must be conducted annually, at the university's expense, through the term of probation. The review must generate a report of his/her findings, to be submitted with the annual compliance reports and submitted to the committee.

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