Clark Atlanta Athletics Placed On 3-Year Probation
By Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 2/7/2014, 12:12 p.m.
According to the full report released by the Division II Committee on Infractions, Clark Atlanta University was put on three years probation for violations in the men’s basketball and women’s tennis programs.
As part of its NCAA punishment and compliance, CAU released the following statement, Fri., Jan. 24, on the sanctions via its institution's website:
“We cooperated fully with NCAA officials and are in accord with their recommendations,” CAU Chief Compliance Officer Robert Clark said. “After an aggressive investigation, thorough review and careful deliberation, we are moving forward in the right direction.”
The men’s basketball infractions included benefits given to six men’s basketball student-athletes, which were distributed via discounted plane ticket, impermissible meals, and more than $4,500 in cash.
The head men’s basketball coach was charged with a failure to monitor his assistants and the school with failure to monitor its athletic programs
Furthermore, two men’s basketball student-athletes competed while enrolled less than full-time at the institution. One student-athlete was impermissibly enrolled in another class, in order to keep his academic eligibility.
It was the women’s tennis violation that led to the investigation, which began in March of last year. This infraction involved a transfer who competed impermissibly for two academic years, 2010–11 and 2011–12. By rule, she needed to sit out a year (completing a full year of residency) before competing for CAU. Instead, she played immediately.
In addition, by the 2011-12, the women’s tennis student-athlete had used up all four seasons of her athletic eligibility, yet she played for a fifth season.
In 2011, CAU women’s tennis won the SIAC championship. That championship is now vacated.
The institution was fined $5000, as well as being imposed with the vacating all records involving the three student-athletes who competed while ineligible. The men’s basketball and women’s tennis teams scholarships are reduced to nine and four, respectively.
CAU has acknowledged its lack of institutional oversight and said it’s “serious and intentional about its reinvigorated focus on compliance training for athletes, coaches and staff.”
For the complete details on the infractions and sanctions, visit http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/press-releases/clark-atlanta-university-failed-monitor-its-athletics?division=d2.