The Norfolk State Spartans’ football team have never had a terrific run on the gridiron, but now they have just been slapped with a huge punishment from the NCAA. On Thursday, it was ruled that the school must vacate 97 total wins, 22 of which come from the football team.
The school notified the NCAA of a number of eligibility issues that ran from 2009-2011, which they found in their annual review in 2012. The school has also been handed a two-year probation and will pay a $5,000 fine, which they implemented themselves.
The Spartans’ football program will lose seven wins from 2009, six from 2010 and nine from 2011, when they won the MEAC championship and made their second playoff appearance in program history.
“It’s an unfortunate situation for the past teams at Norfolk State,” said Spartans football coach Latrell Scott, who came to the school from Virginia State in 2014, well after the violations occurred.
This is certainly a huge blow for the school’s athletic programs in one of the worst athletic conferences in the country. Let’s hope they know not to make these mistakes into the future.
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