Sep 7, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Southeastern Louisiana Lions wide receiver Jeff Smiley (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Southeastern Louisiana University loses scholarships over lack of institutional control

The NCAA has announced there penalties for Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana for what was termed a lack of institutional control.  According to their findings, the university is said to have allowed 137 athletes to compete while academically ineligible during a five-year period, from the 2005-2006 academic year to 2009-2010.

The penalties including lost scholarships cover a total of nine sports: football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s golf, softball, soccer and volleyball.  The athletic department has been fined $25,000, be put on probation for a term of four years, will be subjected to an audit regarding its compliance system and has to vacate the wins and records for all nine of those sports during the five year period those students competed.

This report comes out at a bad time for SELU as the 11-2 Lions football team prepares to host an FCS playoff game against New Hampshire this Saturday, the 14th.  SELU won the Southland Conference with a 7-0 record and the two losses the Lions suffered were against Texas Christian and South Dakota State.  The school and the fan base should be excited about this game and still ultimately will be, but this news raises a lot of questions as to what has been happening there.

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