UL-Lafayette vacates 2011 season after NCAA probe

Following an NCAA probe into alleged recruiting violations, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has vacated its entire 2011 football season. George Hallm of The Score reported the development.

The initial accusation was that a staffer had tampered with test scores so that recruits would be academically eligible to attend the university. That staffer was later determined to be assistant coach David Saunders, who was accused of tampering ACT scores of six recruits and giving cash to one. He has since been terminated.

As of now, Ragin’ Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth does not appear to be in the crosshairs, but the fact that all of this is alleged to have happened during his first year as head coach does not look good. Chances are that he could find himself in some hot water depending on what else is found.

University president Joseph Savoie said the following in a statement:

“Our university strives to comply with NCAA standards and maintains a comprehensive rules compliance program. We do not condone misconduct and take any suggestion of wrongdoing seriously,” Savoie said.

Losing the 2011 season, however, is rough, as ULL went 9-4 (5-2 Sun Belt) and won the first of four consecutive New Orleans Bowls that year. The team is currently 2-3 (1-0 Sun Belt) and will not ban itself from postseason play in 2015. The rest of the self-imposed sanctions were as follows:

  • A two-year probation period;
  • Reducing initial football grants-in-aid (scholarships) by three in 2016-17 and three more in 2017-18;
  • Reducing total grants-in-aid by five in 2015-16, by three in 2016-17 and by three in 2017-18;
  • Reducing off-campus recruiting by 40 days in 2015-16 and ’16-17;
  • Reducing official visits by recruits to 44 in 2014-15 and 38 in 2015-16;
  • Withholding unnamed players from competition.

 

Campus Sports will update this story as new details emerge.

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