Pac-10 Accepts Cal Football Recommendations

June 12, 2001

BERKELEY - The Pacific-10 Conference accepted the recommendations of a Cal internal investigation into the Golden Bear football program in an announcement released Tuesday.

In its statement, the conference issued a public reprimand to the school and charged the football program with the loss of a total of four grants-in-aid spread over the 2001-02 and 2002-03 academic years.

This past February, the university submitted its findings from a five-month inquiry into the allegations that, in 1999, a professor granted two student-athletes course credit for work they most likely did not perform. At that time, the university proposed penalties to include the loss of four football scholarships over a two-year period and a self-imposed two-year probation.

Cal's internal examination, conducted by an independent investigator at the university's request, found that 'The core violations are limited to one faculty member, two student athletes, and one academic semester.' The investigation found no evidence of unethical conduct by any coach or other member of Cal's athletic program staff.

As a result, Chancellor Robert Berdahl informed the Pac-10 in February that the campus had already tightened institutional control and compliance responsibilities.

The two Cal football players who were given unearned academic credit in the spring semester 1999 are no longer at the university.

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