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Created by TonyB on May 23, 2011
Last updated: 07/12/11 at 02:15 PM
Southern California lost their 2004 national football championship after it found that Reggie Bush and his family received cash for a car and housing. Bush also lost his 2006 Heisman Trophy as a consequence.
Rhett Bomar, quarterback for Oklahoma, was dismissed from the team for filing out 40-hour time sheets when he only performed around 5 hours of work at Big Red Sports and Imports. The university was subsequently punished, and they also banned athletes from working at the car dealership.
In 2004, a football player for Arizona State University told his coach that he had received improper benefits from a compliance assistant. In 2005, the NCAA chastised the program for providing the student athlete with free-use of the assistant's car, $900 for wheel and tire purchases and arranging for utilities to be registered under the assistant's name (a $200 expense).
The NCAA cracked down on the University of Illinois for an athletic booster providing a football player with with transportation, free car-use, free lodging and paying the athlete for work that he never performed.
The basketball program at Baylor University gave student-athletes improper benefits including cash and car repairs. In one instance, a student-athlete purchased a 1996 Tahoe after it was examined by a coach. However, the coach also persuaded the car dealership to release the vehicle to the athlete even though he failed to pay $1,131 worth of repairs.
Former assistants and several boosters were found to have provided Mississippi State football recruits with free hotel rooms and rental cars.
An athletic representative from Alabama gave a prospective student-athlete (football) free access to an SUV from a Columbus, Georgia car dealership. Another recruit's parents were given $20,000. In addition, a coach that directed his players to the university wanted $100,000 and two SUVs, but only received an unspecified amount of money.
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas men's basketball program provided several athletes and potential athletes with improper transportation to summer jobs, free use of cars and payments on leased vehicles
After office manager and tutor Jan Gangelhoff came forward with her story about how she was paid $3,000 to help members of the men's basketball team cheat, the NCAA took swift action to penalize the university. Gangelhoff, who said she wrote over 400 papers for basketball players, also informed the NCAA that she and an athletic department secretary let players use their cars for free.
The volleyball and basketball team at the University of Louisville committed nine violations altogether. The volleyball staff provided recruits with free housing, free car-use and financial benefits on multiple occasions. The assistant basketball coach, on the other hand, paid for a recruit's motel room.
A confession by disgruntled ex-Spartan, Roosevelt Wagner, proved that Michigan State University's athletic administration had committed several infractions including grade tampering, pay-outs by booster, loans for cars and trucks with alumni money, contacts with agents and free cars. Wagner also admitting to stalking MSU coach George Perles for two days, in hopes of murdering him.
Deon Thomas, an Illinois basketball player recruited in 1989, was recorded by Bruce Pearl (then an assistant at Iowa) saying that he received $80,000 and a Chevrolet Blazer to attend the university. The NCAA followed up the evidence with stern reprimands.
An assistant basketball coach at Northwestern State referred a student-athlete to a car dealership that fixed his 1979 Lincoln Town Coupe for free. The repairs would have cost about $500.