FAMU Takes Its Medicine

Last year the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that an investigation had found more than 200 violations in the athletics programs at Florida A&M University, the historically black educational institution in Tallahassee. Included among the allegations was the charge that 67 athletes were permitted to compete in intercollegiate athletics who were not eligible to do so.

Since the investigation was completed the university has been waiting for the NCAA to assess the penalties for the infractions. Last week the shoe fell and it came down hard. The NCAA placed the university on probation for four years and stripped the university of 30 athletic scholarships across its 15 intercollegiate sports programs.

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