Calling the senior year of Temple University football star Paul Palmer "null and void," the school says it will forfeit six games the Owls won in 1986 with the running back's help.
The action follows Palmer's recent admission that he violated his eligibility by accepting payments from and signing a contract with a sports agent."Palmer's activities represent a clear and unambiguous violation of the fundamental tenet of amateurism in intercollegiate athletics," said Temple President Peter J. Liacouras in a statement released Monday night.
The university also withdrew the athletic prizes and awards given to Palmer during that period, said Liacouras. The school also said Palmer is to repay his scholarship from his senior year, a stipulation already agreed to by Palmer's attorney.
"In effect, his senior year at Temple is null and void," Liacouras said.
Palmer, now a running back with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, admitted last week to accepting monthly payments and a $5,000 loan from two sports agents who are now under federal investigation.
He earlier acknowledged he signed a contract with agent Norby Walters before his eligibility was up, but didn't say he accepted the money.
Temple's record for the 1986 season dropped to 0-11 by forfeiting the games with Western Michigan University, Florida A&M, University of Pittsburgh, East Carolina University, Virginia Tech and Rutgers University.
"We are forfeiting these games to set an example," Liacouras said. "We believe in good sportsmanship in an amateur setting at whatever cost. Even though the university did not know or have reason to know of this violation, our team benefited by using a player - indeed, the star of the team - who was not eligible."
Walters and another agent, Lloyd Bloom, are under investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, where a grand jury is considering charges of racketeering, mail fraud, extortion and obstruction of justice.
NCAA Director of Enforcement David Berst has said the school would not be disciplined by the NCAA unless someone with the school knew he had taken the money.
Palmer's attorney, Matt Lydon, has said he is negotiating a settlement that would require Palmer to testify against Walters and Bloom if the case goes to trial, perform 100 to 250 hours of service work and reimburse Temple for financial aid he received during his senior year.