NCAA drops sanctions on Louisiana-Lafayette football program

The Louisiana-Lafayette football program didn’t have a great 2015 season after they were expected to compete in the Sun Belt Conference. It looks like their 2016 hasn’t gotten off to a good start either.

The NCAA recently launched an investigation into former assistant coach David Saunders, who was found to have arranged false entrance exam scores for Ragin’ Cajun players during his time with the school. The NCAA slapped the school with a $5,000 fine and two years of probation as well as an eight-year show-cause on former assistant coaches, according to College Football Talk.

Saunders, now the head coach at Pearl River Mississippi Community College, will not suffer many of the consequences, outside of the show-cause. It is his former team that suffered a lot of the penalties, after they had vacated all of their wins fromt he 2011 season.

The NCAA ruled that they must vacate wins from the 2012 through 2014 seasons in games that ineligible players participated.

“We are pleased that the Committee on Infractions recognized that the University did not have involvement in or knowledge of Level 1 violations and imposed on us the lowest level of penalties,” UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie said in a released statement. “Further, the Committee recognized our full cooperation and determination to get to the truth surrounding the allegations.”

The school has filed a lawsuit against the ACT, the entrance exam for which Saunders produced the false scores, for failure to detect improper test administration.

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