TCU response to NCAA report on men's track and field program
Sept. 22, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Infractions announced today it has penalized TCU's former head track coach and agreed with TCU's self-imposed restrictions implemented by the university last year immediately following the revelation of impropriety in its men's track and field program. The Committee also placed TCU's athletics programs on two years' probation.
"We accept the Committee's findings and sanctions," said TCU Athletics Director Danny Morrison. "Now that the NCAA investigation is complete, we can close the chapter on this unfortunate incident in our track and field program and focus on moving forward under the leadership of new Head Coach Darryl Anderson. The actions that negatively impacted our track and field program in the past will not be tolerated in the future. We will continue to demand leadership in our athletics programs that adheres to the highest standard of integrity."
"The mission of TCU is to educate ethical leaders and responsible citizens," said TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. "It is important that the entire university reflect this mission. I will accept nothing less. There's no doubt that TCU's athletics administration is and has long been among the best in higher education. This was a regrettable anomaly in one program and it certainly should not happen again. We will now advance under the able leadership of Dr. Danny Morrison and his staff."
TCU self-reported the actions of its former head track coach to the NCAA after the university learned of that coach's alleged inappropriate activity. After self-reporting, the university imposed restrictions against its men's track and field program, terminated the head track coach, caused the resignation of an assistant coach, and worked jointly with the NCAA to fully uncover all improprieties.
Restrictions set by the university against the men's track program included:
·A one year ban on team and individual postseason participation (2004 -05) followed by a two year ban on postseason team participation (2005-06 and 2006-07)
The Committee on Infractions agreed with the university's aggressive restrictions and adopted them as part of its sanctions against the men's track and field program. The sanctions against the men's track program and the probation will stay in place until fall 2007. The NCAA agreed to allow individual male track athletes to participate in postseason championships beginning in the 2005-06 season and beyond. Additionally, the university must relinquish any team or individual records attained if they are due to the performance of 10 former male student-athletes who should have been deemed ineligible at the time of the wins.
"The university appreciates the thorough and considered work of Chairman Gene Marsh and the other members of the Committee on Infractions as well as the NCAA enforcement staff," said Morrison. "Additionally, we are pleased that the committee commended our self-policing actions and found them to be an acceptable component of the sanctions."