COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) — The NCAA announced Thursday that the Air Force Academy football team is on probation for two years for “recruitment violations committed during the dead periods of COVID-19.”
The NCAA says four people involved have reached a settlement with penalty enforcement staff and one person is contesting the claims. His case will be decided by an infraction hearing.
According to the NCAA, the Falcons will be fined and the roster reduced by 10 for the next four years.
Some of the penalties — effective immediately — in this case include:
- Two years probation.
- A fine.
- A reduction of 46 total official visits for the football program in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years.
- A ban on unofficial football visits from September 1 to October 12, 2022.
- A ban on all football recruiting communication for four weeks during the 2022-23 academic year.
- A reduction in football assessment days by 10 in spring 2022 and 34 in fall 2022.
- A reduction in the size of the football team by 10 for four years, beginning in the 2022-23 academic year.
- Show cause orders for people who have accepted their violations and penalties.
The following is a joint statement from Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, Director of Athletics Nathan Pine
“The US Air Force Academy is pleased that our case has progressed to the point that the NCAA accepts our negotiated resolution. We will continue to work with the NCAA on this self-reported case during the COVID dead period, as it is of our responsibility to ensure the integrity of the institution, athletic department, cadet-athletes and staff.We work in conjunction with NCAA law enforcement personnel and the Infractions Committee to conduct the matter to its conclusion. Under NCAA rules and procedures, the Air Force is unable to comment on any aspect of the pending case until it is fully resolved.
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