|New academic advisers for athletes on the way at Florida State|
|Written by Admin|
|Thursday, 24 January 2008 13:46|
Bill Shults, who was the Seminoles' swim coach from 1979-92 before directing the school's compliance program for five years, returns to the university as director of athletic academic support. He replaces Mark Meleney, whose contract is not being renewed after nine years.
Shults was briefly at Florida International University following a 10-year stay as assistant athletic director at the University of Connecticut.
Also, former Seminole linebacker Lamont Green was hired as an academic adviser for the football team and Mary Wright was appointed coordinator of tutorial services.
The appointments were announced at an athletic board of control meeting Wednesday.
The school is still searching for a new athletic director.
Florida State president T.K. Wetherell overhauled the athletic department with many of the changes coming rapidly after a simmering cheating scandal boiled over in December, forcing the school to suspend some two dozen players.
Florida State is still finalizing its report on the scandal, which involved a music history class last spring where answers were provided to athletes by a former academic adviser who has since resigned.
Federal privacy laws prohibit the school from releasing names of the suspended athletes, although several have admitted their roles.
The players forced to sit out the 35-28 loss to Kentucky in the Dec. 31 Music City Bowl will also miss the first three games of the 2008 season.
Wetherell is also cracking down on athletes who skip classes.
He told the athletic board any athlete with three unexcused absences from a class would be suspended for one game, a fourth would result in missing 30 percent of the team's games, and a fifth would result in a one-year suspension.