- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks has been fined $30,000 and will not be eligible for postseason play in several sports because of NCAA infractions handed down Wednesday.

Chancellor Brian Rogers said the infractions - which could also put two NCAA championships for the rifle team at risk of forfeiture - were the “results of university errors and not due to wrongdoing by any of our student-athletes.”

“This was an institutional problem and it doesn’t rest on one person or one department. There’s multiple areas that we just didn’t do a good job in,” Vice Chancellor Mike Sfraga said at a news conference Wednesday, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://is.gd/zNj5K1 ).

The sanctions cover such things as the university not identifying students who had not earned the required number of credits or had informally switched majors without filing the proper paperwork.

UAF officials reported the school’s infractions to the NCAA in 2011. The infractions covered academic years starting in 2007 and ending in 2012.

Nine of the university’s 10 sports were involved; the lone exemption was the women’s cross-country skiing team.

Besides forfeitures and a postseason ban for some teams, the sanctions also include the temporary suspension of nine scholarships in five sports over the next three years.

Officials said any wins involving any of the athletes covered under the infractions must be vacated or forfeited.

Athletics director Gary Gray said officials will check the win-loss records of teams involved during the years in question.

Though officials didn’t discuss it specifically, the Nanooks’ rifle team won national championships in 2007 and 2008.

The rifle team also has NCAA championships from 1994, 1999-2004 and 2006 that would not be affected by the sanctions.


Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com

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