By: WCTV Eyewitness Sports
May 21, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida A&M University faces a series of penalties after the NCAA found it lacked control of and did not monitor its athletics programs, resulting in systemic violations.
“While we cannot change the circumstances of the past, we have accepted full responsibility for the infractions and are committed to running an athletic program that is in full compliance with NCAA rules and regulation,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. "Rest assured, we have taken significant steps to address these issues and reduce the likelihood of recurrence. We will meet and exceed the NCAA’s expectations to ensure that FAMU Athletics remains in compliance with its standards.”
“It’s a new day in FAMU Athletics. We are certain that with all we are doing and the commitment of Athletics and the University, we are continuing to build a program that Rattlers and supporters will be proud of. We look forward to your continued support of your favorite athletics program and believe there is a bright future ahead for FAMU Athletics,” added FAMU Director of Athletics John Eason, Ph.D.
The findings were released by the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions Tuesday. According to the committee, the university improperly certified 93 student-athletes in 12 sports over a six-year period from 2010-11 through 2016-17.
The university certified student-athletes as eligible when they failed to fulfill required credit hours, did not complete required percentages of their degree by designated times, did not meet minimum GPA requirements and/or failed to meet transfer requirements or exceptions, said the committee.
FAMU also failed to certify a student-athlete’s amateurism status and allowed another student-athlete to compete after the student-athlete had exhausted all seasons of competition, according to the committee.
The committee prescribed a series of penalties on FAMU for the infractions:
The school says these penalties are not related to APR scores. FAMU self-imposed postseason bans on four programs this past February for low APR scores over a period of four seasons.
To learn more about FAMU's sanctions and probations, click here.