WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita State's athletics department says it's investigating improper clothing and apparel benefits to baseball players.
The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/IFxO0D ) the university announced Tuesday that it has hired an Overland Park law firm that specializes in NCAA rules violations to help investigate.
Wichita State says the violations came to light during the transition that followed the June 4 firing of longtime head baseball coach Gene Stephenson. He was replaced in mid-June by Arkansas assistant Todd Butler.
No details of the violations or the number of Shocker players involved were disclosed in a brief statement issued by athletic director Eric Sexton.
Sexton says officials believe the problem involves only the baseball program. He says the school is determined to ensure its compliance with the rules of the NCAA and the Missouri Valley Conference.
Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com