Howard football gets two years' probation

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December 11, 1991

The NCAA has placed Howard University's football program on probation for two years and barred it from postseason competition next year.

But the NCAA said the sanctions could have been worse if the school hadn't triggered the probe that prompted the penalties.

In a 10-page report issued late Monday, the NCAA's Infractions Committee detailed a string of violations involving player eligibility and student aid.

The penalties stem from violations under former coach Willis Jeffries, the NCAA said.

In addition to the bowl-game ban, the school will lose two football scholarships each of the next two years and the program will give up 10 of its 70 paid recruiting visits for a year, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions ruled.

* North Carolina State football coach Dick Sheridan, reportedly on a short list for the job at Texas, said the future "looks bright and exciting" for the Wolfpack and that he doesn't plan to seek another coaching position.

With Sheridan apparently removing his name from the Texas search, attention was expected to focus on Illinois coach John Mackovic, who has been endorsed by his ex-boss, former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry.

* Long Beach State's financially strapped football program, hurt by a lack of fan support, is being dropped immediately, the university announced.

The 49ers, coached by Hall of Famer Willie Brown, had a 2-9 record this season and an average home attendance of just 3,893.

They had shown a brief resurgence the previous year, posting their first winning season (6-5) in four years under George Allen.

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