NCAA hits NCCU with probation as 22 ineligibles competed over three years


NCAA hits NC Central with probation, fines after 22 ineligible athletes competed from 2012 to 2015

One of the top programs in HBCU sports is being hit with two years probation by the NCAA. North Carolina Central was placed on probation for having more than 22 student-athletes participate while ineligible from 2012 through 2015.

NCCU, which self-reported the violations back in 2016, said it intends to appeal the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions decision.


Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field along with baseball were the teams implicated, in addition to the men’s basketball and football. NCCU had its 2014 and 2015 co-MEAC football titles stripped, but not its outright 2016 football title.

The full penalties include:

1. Two (2) years probation from May 30, 2018, through May 29, 2020.  

2. A vacation of wins in men’s track & field, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s track and field, baseball, men’s basketball and football in contests in which the involved student-athletes competed while ineligible.  

3. Attendance at NCAA Regional Rules Seminars (self-imposed by the university).  

4. Completion of an internal academic audit by the end of the 2017‐18 academic year (self‐imposed by the university).  

5. A $5,000 fine (self‐imposed by the university).


According to the NCAA, the improper certifications came from a single, but repeated, error of counting foundational courses toward student-athletes’ percentage-of-degree completion. Outdated degree auditing and academic advising systems were another factor that contributed to the violations. Additionally, the academic support and certification groups did not have enough staff to oversee the certification process.






  1. Mayor Talib

    May 31, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Any word on how much Jerry Mack know about these issues?

    • Owen M Lawson, IV

      June 6, 2018 at 2:17 am

      Had the same thought… Either way, it’s not a good luck for him!

      This story is another reminder to us all. The NCAA does not work in the interest of HBCU’s with these antiquated rules and governance ideas that cater to the Power Conferences.

      This is one fan cheering for the success of the #HBLeague! It’s a model for succession… especially for the Private Schools. With the legalization of gambling, we’ve seen one more constituency officially join the exploitation party being hosted by the NCAA and the Power Conferences. These schools need governance but they also have an opportunity to innovate… AGAIN by offering a comprehensive experience that compensates players and allows them to share in the gains being made off of their work. This model has the capacity to be sustainable and offer an alternative to the NCAA’s Sharecropper System for Athletes living under it’s mandate.


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