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Nov. 2, 2006

NCAA Penalizes UI Men's Swim Team For Major Violations

The University of Iowa men's swimming team committed major violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules when ineligible student-athletes competed during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions announced today.

As a consequence, NCAA has placed the UI on probation for two years and required it to reduce financial aid offered in the men's swimming program by the equivalent of one scholarship for the next three years.

The major infractions, the UI's first in more than 20 years, involved three student-athletes who falsified their admissions applications by failing to list previous college attendance. Moreover, their head coach failed to take action after becoming aware of the violations.

The UI learned of the infractions from an anonymous tip to the University's Athletics Compliance Office in September of 2004. Following a self-investigation, the UI self-reported the rules violation to the Big Ten Conference in October 2004 and to the NCAA on Feb. 10, 2005.

"We deeply regret this occurrence," said UI Athletics Director Gary Barta. "We do not condone any intention to violate or failure to comply with NCAA and Big Ten Conference rules and regulations. As soon as we learned of the allegations in this matter, we moved swiftly to conduct a thorough investigation. We have taken all necessary steps to work with the NCAA to resolve the matter."

In addition to the sanctions it imposed, the NCAA infractions committee accepted a number of sanctions that the UI imposed on itself or that it proposed pending completion of the NCAA investigation:

-- Three student-athletes were ruled ineligible and their admission to the UI was rescinded on Nov. 7, 2004. They were allowed to retain the course credits they earned and may petition for re-admission after one year.

-- The head swimming coach at that time offered his resignation, which was accepted on Dec. 17, 2004.

-- With the resolution of the case, the UI will notify the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA that all points scored by the three student-athletes in competition should be forfeited and UI team standings should be adjusted for each contest in which they participated. The three student-athletes did not participate in any NCAA Championship events. One student-athlete participated during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 NCAA season; the other two participated during the 2003-04 season.

-- A $5,000 fine was paid to the NCAA.

Also in response to the violations, the UI developed a frequently-asked-questions document for prospective student-athletes to inform them of relevant regulations and to outline sanctions if application materials are falsified. In addition, members of the UI Department of Athletics compliance office have met with and will continue to meet with coaches to help them evaluate the academic records of prospective student-athletes, especially whether the prospects have attended other colleges and universities.

To see the NCAA's news release on the announcement of the rules violations, see this link:

http://www2.ncaa.org/portal/media_and_events/press_room/2006/november/20061102_coi_iowa_mnsswim_rls.html

To see a report on the rules violations, see this link:

http://www2.ncaa.org/portal/media_and_events/press_room/2006/november/20061102_iowa_infractions_report.pdf

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972