|Central Oklahoma acknowledges lack of control of football program|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 12 November 2007 18:11|
The acknowledgment appeared in the Division II school's response to an NCAA notice of allegations. The university sent the response to the NCAA earlier this month, and The Associated Press obtained a copy Monday through an open records request.
``We regret that any violations occurred and remain committed to operating a model athletic program,'' the university said in its response, noting the ``violations occurred in specific and limited areas of operation relating to UCO football.''
It also said ``the institution regretfully agrees'' with the NCAA's finding of lack of institutional control ``only with regard to period of time this Notice of Allegations encompasses.''
The NCAA says Division II Central Oklahoma paid more than 80 athletes to attend remedial classes at Rose State College in Midwest City, and provided free housing, food, transportation and use of facilities to football players who were not full-time students.
The NCAA also alleged that the university paid $4,772 for a surgery in January 2005 for an athlete who later enrolled at the school.
In its response, Central Oklahoma acknowledged the surgery occurred but argued that the surgery didn't directly enhance the program, because it was provided to a prospective student-athlete.
In another part of the response, Central Oklahoma agreed its football coach, Chuck Langston, ``failed to ensure absolute compliance with NCAA legislation within the sport of football between January 1, 2003 and September 2006.''
Central Oklahoma's response will be considered by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions during its meeting Dec. 7-9 in Indianapolis.
The university noted in its response that it already has imposed penalties upon itself. Central Oklahoma has said it would forfeit two full football scholarships, limit the number of transfer students recruited and reduce the Bronchos' maximum number of football players from about 100 to 90 per year.
Earlier this year, as a result of the allegations, Langston served a two-week suspension, which caused him to miss the Broncos' season-opening upset of nationally ranked Abilene Christian (Texas).