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Bowie State University Receives Sanction for Eligibility Violation

November 6, 2015

NCAA Nullification Applied to Five Games, Including Two Conference Games

: Greg Goings,, 301-318-9937 (mobile)

(BOWIE, Md.) – Bowie State University has received notification from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) that its self-report of an eligibility violation regarding a student-athlete’s participation in its football program has been designated a Secondary/Level III violation.

“Bowie State University strives to always comply with the letter and spirit of the regulations governing all aspects of university operations,” said President Mickey L. Burnim. “We were disappointed to learn of this mistake and took immediate action to report it when it became known to us.”

The NCAA Division II Principles of Nullification will be applied to the five games in which the ineligible player participated for calculation of NCAA post-season rankings. Nullification will be applied to two CIAA conference games at the conclusion of the regular season, prior to the CIAA Football Championship game selection. Bowie State will be excluded from any CIAA tie-breaker scenarios and also face repercussions as defined by the CIAA Schedule of Penalties approved by the Board of Directors.

“This secondary violation is not uncommon for any sport and has been handled similarly in other conferences and leagues within the NCAA,” said CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams.

President Burnim noted that the officials with primary responsibility in this area at the time that the mistake was made are no longer employed at the university. The current athletic director, who joined the university in January 2015, has assumed responsibility for compliance until a qualified, full-time compliance officer can be put in place.

See the CIAA announcement on the conference's website.



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