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Alaska To Lose 2 Scholarships

CHN Staff Report

Alaska's hockey team will lose two scholarships over the next three years after self-reporting NCAA violations, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner has reported.

According to the report, the university made errors in not informing players who were short credits to compete, or who had changed majors without filing the correct paperwork.

The men's basketball, women's basketball, swimming, women's Nordic skiing and rifle teams were all affected, in a four-year span from 2007-11. According to the report, the school self-reported in 2011.

“I think it’s important to note that these infractions are not the result of wrongdoing or poor academic performance by student-athletes, who collectively have higher-than-average GPAs and graduation rates,” UAF chancellor Brian Rogers said in the report. “This was the university’s mistake, not the student-athletes'.”

It's still possible the NCAA could impose further penalties, though it's unlikely.

To comply with the self-imposed sanctions, the hockey team decided to award just 17 of the maximum 18 scholarships this year. It will do the same next year, fulfilling its requirement under the sanctions.

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