Texas Tech today received an additional year of probation from the NCAA and lost further scholarships in four sports because of rampant rules violations.
The penalties were added to those the school imposed on itself. The scholarship losses will affect the football, baseball and men's and women's basketball teams.The NCAA announcement concludes an episode that began in March 1995 and has slowly unfolded. The NCAA began investigating in February 1996, and the school conducted an internal audit in October 1997.
In April, Tech put itself on three years' probation and limited its scholarships in six sports. Today, the NCAA did not take any more scholarships from the men's golf and women's soccer teams.
Tech has admitted allowing 81 athletes to compete while academically ineligible from 1991-97 and that four sports awarded too much scholarship money.
Tech lost $1.75 million in Big 12 bowl revenue last fall when the football team removed itself from postseason contention, forcing the athletic department to slash its budget by 15 percent across the board this fiscal year.
Men's basketball already has forfeited all its Big 12 victories in 1997 and declared itself ineligible for postseason play. The team also forfeited its two NCAA tournament victories in 1995 and said it would repay the NCAA the approximately $100,000 it earned.