PITTSBURGH -- The NCAA penalized Indiana University of Pennsylvania for major infractions by its former men's basketball and swimming coaches by putting the school on probation for two years and reducing the number of scholarships for both programs.
The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions found that former basketball coach Gary Edwards tried to stretch scholarship money using false Pennsylvania addresses to enroll 14 basketball players so they could qualify for lower in-state tuition rates from 2000 through 2006.
In some cases, Edwards used his own home address for the players. Edwards also paid for textbooks for two student-athletes using the coach's account at the campus book store in 2005, the NCAA said.
Former swimming coach Dave Caldwell hired a female swimmer and forged signatures so she could be paid $13.90 an hour, far above the $5.15 minimum wage usually paid for on-campus jobs during the 2005-06 academic year, the NCAA said.
Caldwell also paid $1,365 for the expenses of three swimmers during a trip to Florida during the 2004-05 season, covering their lodging, transportation and pool-rental expenses. NCAA require students to cover the costs of such trips, except for their meals.
Caldwell also let two academically ineligible swimmers compete in an Oct. 29, 2005, meet, which IUP has since forfeited. The meet was against Ashland University and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, the NCAA found.
IUP president Tony Atwater issued a statement Wednesday saying the school has been cooperating with the NCAA investigation.
"We continue to pursue strategies and practices to strengthen our system of oversight to ensure that our athletic program is in compliance with NCAA regulations and is operated in accordance with the university's high ethical standards," Atwater said.
Caldwell resigned on Jan. 31, 2006, three weeks after he was placed on administrative leave due to the NCAA investigation.
The university had suspended Edwards with pay for two months in the fall of 2005 and he resigned as head basketball coach on March 3, 2006.
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