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Caltech is penalized by the NCAA

The school is penalized for using academically ineligible players in 12 sports, including basketball and baseball.

July 12, 2012|Wire reports
  • Former Caltech men's basketball coach watches his team play Occidental College in 2006. The NCAA penalized Caltech on Thursday for using academically ineligible players.
Former Caltech men's basketball coach watches his team play Occidental… (Francis Specker / Associated…)

Caltech has been given a reprimand and penalties for fielding players who were academically ineligible, the NCAA announced Thursday, putting a school whose losing streaks can run into the decades in the company of athletic powerhouses from major conferences.

Caltech allowed 30 ineligible players in 12 sports, including baseball, basketball, tennis and swimming, to practice or compete over four academic years, the NCAA said.

The problems came from the school's system of "shopping" for courses, in which students attend classes for three weeks at the beginning of a term before registration. That meant that under NCAA rules, some athletes were not considered full-time students when they took the field.

The NCAA blamed a lack of oversight and communication among athletic administrators, coaches and the registrar.

Caltech athletic officials discovered and reported the problems themselves. The penalties, many of them self-imposed by the school, include three years of probation, one year of no campus recruiting and the vacating of wins and records.

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