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NCAA accepts West Virginia's self-imposed sanctions

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Mountaineers to lose three scholarships and face additional restrictions over the next two seasons.

The NCAA has accepted self-imposed sanctions by the West Virginia University football team stemming from NCAA violations that occurred between 2006-2009.

The violations occurred under former coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart and  revolved around WVU's use of non-coaching personnel to monitor off-season activity by members of the football team.

“I am pleased that the committee accepted the self-imposed penalties the university proposed, without imposing any additional ones,” said West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck. “The university has already taken corrective action and put new systems in place to address all the issues raised.”

The WVU football program will lose three football scholarships and two non-coaching graduate assistant positions. In addition, the program will face several recruiting and practice-related restrictions, as well as a two-year term of probation.

“It is also important to note that probation does not affect our bowl eligibility or ability to compete for conference or national championships,” Luck added.

The news comes as the West Virginia program is recovering from a dramatic coaching turnover, during which former head coach Bill Stewart resigned over rumors of disloyalty and was replaced by Dana Holgorsen, who had been the subject of several alcohol-related incidents across the state of West Virginia over the past year.

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