NCAA Opens Investigation at UAF

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by Jake Ryle

The University of Alaska-Fairbanks will undergo a major infractions investigation by the NCAA involving a series of secondary infractions that were reported last year.

Those infractions involved the eligibility of 17 student-athletes over a period of four-years.

In order for student-athletes to compete, they must meet these three criteria:

  • Student-athletes are required to take 12 credits each semester.
  • Earn a 2.0 GPA
  • Be making progress toward their degree of record

The minor infractions occurred when advising and eligibility certficiation systems failed to identify students who had not earned the required number of countable credits, or who had informally swithced majors but not filed the appropriate forms to do so officially.

The list of Nanooks student-athletes that were deemed ineligible include: five hockey players, five mens basketball players, two womens basketball players, two swimmers, two skiers, and a riflery student-athlete

The university reported the infractions to the NCAA last June. UAF has no plans to contest the NCAA's findings.

"While infractions are not something we want to have, we have used these as a springboard to help improve the systems we have to support our student-athletes," said UAF Athletics Director Gary Gray. "We play to work closely with the NCAA as they work through this case and provide any additional information they need to resolve it." (Alaska Business Monthly)