Sacramento State’s Athletic Department has been placed on probation for the next year. The NCAA today released findings of a multi-year investigation into rules violations by the university’s football team. The accusations include improper recruiting, non-voluntary summer workouts and failing to follow school policy on substance abuse violations. In addition to probation the NCAA fined the university $5,000.
Sac State Athletic Director Bill Macriss says the football team will likely suffer for a few seasons.
"The intent of penalties are to punish and to provide those kind of disincentives," he says. "So yes, there is a real possibility that these penalties are going to affect us in the short term.”
Macriss says in the long term he believes the penalities will make the university stronger.
Sac State initiated the investigation and self imposed several penalties, including recruiting limits and a reduction in football scholarships. The NCAA accepted those in addition to the penalties it imposed.
Sac state will not have to forfeit any past wins and future games will not be affected.