College Sports

NCAA places Coastal Carolina golf program on probation

Coastal Carolina University was given a public reprimand and censure and placed on two years' probation by the NCAA for major infractions within its women's golf program, the organization announced today.

Those were the only penalties handed down to the department, as Coastal Carolina was not required to vacate any results involving the student-athletes or given any loss of scholarship or recruiting.

The violations involved improper financial aid to two student-athletes by the former coach during the 2007-08 season. Both student-athletes were declared ineligible until restitution was made. The two-year probation is the minimum standard for the NCAA for a case involving major infractions. The committee recognized the University and Athletic Department's self-discovery of the violations and quick actions to investigate.

"Today¹s announcement is the result of the NCAA's thorough investigation of situations that occurred more than a year ago," University President David A. DeCenzo said. "When this unfortunate discovery was first brought to my attention in November 2007, we acted swiftly to address the issue and to self-report the alleged behavior to the NCAA. Coastal Carolina University will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA and abide by its rulings; the University is resolved to operate an athletic program that is based on excellence, transparency and integrity."

"This was an unfortunate incident for the program," Director of Athletics Warren "Moose" Koegel said. "The athletic department, upon discovering the violations, did all it could to go through a proper, thorough investigation and that was recognized by the NCAA in its findings. We appreciate everyone's cooperation with this matter."

-- From Staff Reports