Division II Saginaw Valley State is nowhere near level of program that draws major headlines for its NCAA issues, but the sheer number of violations that they were just hit with is jarring.
SVSU self-reported significant violations involving well over 100 players across various sports who participated despite not being cleared as eligible.
137 athletes were involved across 15 of the school’s 17 sports.
Saginaw Valley State now has to vacate wins from those 15 different teams.
From the Detroit Free Press:
Saginaw Valley State University is vacating wins in 15 sports, going on probation for four years and paying a $5,000 fine after self-reporting major violations that included 130 instances of playing ineligible players over a five-year period, according to an NCAA report released Thursday.
SVSU acknowledged its enforcement staff lacked institutional control over its athletics programs from the 2013-14 through 2016-17 academic years after 130 athletes were improperly certified, resulting in “137 violations of amateurism and eligibility certification” and one violation of allowing a football player to compete after his eligibility expired.
A “breakdown” in the school’s eligibility certification process has been identified as the major factor for the sheer number of players who were erroneously allows to participate.
The Cardinals have claimed national championships in track and field, softball, men’s bowling, and men’s ice hockey, at various levels of collegiate play.
The violations are said to have started during the 2013-14 academic year.