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NCAA Holds Firm on Aztec Penalty

September 18, 2003|From Times Wire Services

The NCAA on Wednesday upheld a two-year probation term on San Diego State's football team for holding banned off-season practices.

The university had appealed, calling the length of probation excessive and inappropriate. The school did not contest the NCAA's findings.

The NCAA found that an assistant coach held summer workouts for offensive linemen from 1998 to 2001. In addition, the coaching staff held drill sessions before the official start of spring practice, and offensive linemen were given hats and T-shirts over a four-year period in violation of NCAA rules.

The penalties do not include postseason or television bans.

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Illinois receiver Ade Adeyemo, who crashed into a barrier Saturday night at the Rose Bowl while trying to make a catch in a 6-3 loss to UCLA, is expected to sit out three games because of a rib injury. "It looks like he has a cracked rib," Coach Ron Turner told the Chicago Tribune.... Florida defensive end Steven Harris pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery for an April incident outside a Gainesville, Fla., nightclub and will be eligible to play Saturday against Tennessee, Coach Ron Zook said.

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