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Posted Jul 29, 2010, 4:06 pm
The University of Arizona men's basketball team will have to vacate its 19 wins from the 2007-08 season, and will lose scholarships over the next 2 seasons, the NCAA ruled Thursday.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions issued additional penalties for recruiting violations committed by former head coach Lute Olson. The Wildcats had proposed giving up a scholarship for the 2011-12 season and certain recruiting limits, but the NCAA tacked on another scholarship loss for 2012-13.
Arizona will not have any postseason or TV bans, leaving the basketball program's revenue stream intact.
The NCAA case was sparked by Olson's aid to the Cactus Classic high school basketball tournament from 2006-2008. Olson pushed boosters to donate to the event, run by ex-goazcats.com publisher Jim Storey. Boosters donated over $197,000 to three Cactus Classic events and a goazcats.com Showdown at Olson's urging, the NCAA says.
"The violations occurred on multiple occasions over a period of two years and involve impermissible recruiting inducements and activities, a failure by the former head coach to promote an atmosphere of compliance and a failure to monitor by the university," the NCAA said in a press release.
The final penalties, including some the university self-assessed in February: