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40 years ago: NCAA imposes sanctions on KU programs

August 18, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 18, 1972:

The NCAA today was expected to impose a one-year probation on Kansas University for violations involving football, basketball, and track. It was not immediately known what the violations had been but it was suspected that the 1970 and 1971 seasons were involved. Chancellor Laurence Chalmers had issued a statement which said in part: "Overall I was gratified that a full-blown NCAA investigation had uncovered so little.... I was therefore quite surprised at the penalty [...] particularly since a considerable part of the ground had been gone over before by the Big Eight." He went on to say that it was regrettable that "the misconduct of a few can deprive so many of the opportunity to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate competition." A follow-up article the next day revealed that the sanctions would prevent the football team from going to a bowl game, the basketball team from participating in the NCAA or NIT tournaments, and the track team from being eligible for either the NCAA Indoor or Outdoor competition. In addition, the football team could not be on any NCAA-controlled television program. The most serious charge had involved a former assistant football coach wrongly certifying two players as eligible "on the basis of fraudulent high school ranks." KU had also been censured for giving discount movie passes to football and basketball players. Two of the track violations reportedly involved Sam Goldberg, a decathlete who had been kicked off the track team in 1970 and had taken his case before the student senate.


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