ECU receives one-year probation from NCAA


    GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — The NCAA has placed East Carolina on one year of probation for self-reported academic fraud violations after a women’s tennis player working as a tutor wrote papers for four baseball players.

    In announcing the decision Thursday, the NCAA said two of the baseball players also provided false and misleading information during the school’s investigation.

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    East Carolina chancellor Steve Ballard says the school is embarrassed by students who “acted on their own volition.”

    In addition to receiving a public reprimand, East Carolina must vacate the 17 baseball games and eight women’s tennis matches from last season in which the athletes played.

    The probation does not include a postseason ban or any recruiting sanctions or scholarship reductions.

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