The NCAA has ruled that Division II Saginaw Valley State University must vacate wins in 15 sports, pay a $5,000 fine and serve four years of probation after the athletic department reported that 130 athletes who weren't eligible participated on teams over a five-year period.
The NCAA's decision came after review of the report the Michigan school submitted on Sept. 6, 2017.
The Division II Committee on Infractions cited a lack of resources spent on compliance, staff turnover and a lack of communication on the part of Saginaw Valley State.
"The committee is cognizant of the financial challenges faced by many Division II member schools," the NCAA said in a released statement. "However, this case illustrates the need for all Division II schools to ensure that they devote the necessary funds and staffing to establish an effective and reliable compliance program that, at a minimum, can fulfill basic and fundamental responsibilities of membership, including eligibility certification, as exemplified in this case."
According to the committee, several violations of NCAA regulations took place since the start of the 2013-14 season. That included one Saginaw Valley State football player who competed beyond 10 semesters of eligibility.
"Despite the fact that the NCAA determined the violations were not intentional, we take full responsibility for our omissions in complying with NCAA regulations," school athletic director John Decker said in a news release. "We are completely confident in the full eligibility of all current Cardinal student-athletes, and we have already taken steps to ensure appropriate checks and balances are in place so this does not happen again at SVSU."
--Field Level Media