NCAA cites Washington program, may extend TV ban another year

May 08, 1994|By Seattle Times

SEATTLE -- The University of Washington football team faces a ban on television appearances this year after the NCAA Committee on Infractions cited the school for "lack of institutional control" over its program.

The proposed penalty comes on top of sanctions already meted out by the Pacific-10 Conference, and it drew a strong reaction from Washington President William Gerberding, who vowed to fight any added punishment.

The school estimates that it would be stripped of about $1.6 million in television revenue, the same amount it lost last year as a result of Pac-10 sanctions.

The NCAA committee, which will hear Washington's appeal June 5 in Kansas City, Mo., did not find rules violations beyond those cited by the conference last August when the Huskies were hit with a two-year bowl ban and one-year loss of TV revenue.

But in reviewing the evidence, the NCAA committee held the staff of former head coach Don James responsible for lax enforcement of the rules, wrote David Swank, chairman of the committee.

Washington admitted the NCAA finding of a lack of institutional control. Still, the university plans to argue before the NCAA that no Washington employees have been found to have violated any rules intentionally, Gerberding said. Washington also will contend that the sanctions are unduly harsh compared with those given other schools and that innocent players would be punished.

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