Friday, October 31, 2014

Breaking News - WTAM nullifying all but one game

from the WT website

Five WTAMU Football Games to Be Nullified for 2014 LSC Playoff Seedings

CANYON, Texas  – West Texas A&M Director of Athletics Michael McBroom has notified the Lone Star Conference that the football program played an academically ineligible student-athlete the first seven weeks of the season.  Upon receipt last week of evidence of an alleged academic violation that occurred during summer of 2014, the department in a precautionary move withheld the student-athlete from the game versus Texas A&M-Kingsville.
As a result of its findings, the university requested the LSC apply a nullification penalty prior to the conference playoffs.  Subsequently, the LSC nullified the five WT league games in which the academically ineligible student-athlete participated.  For the purposes of playoff seeding, the nullification process determined by the LSC will only affect WT's conference win percentage.
"It was the appropriate action for us at this time," McBroom stated.  "Dr. O'Brien and I have been in discussions with the Lone Star Conference over the last two days regarding this matter.  As a result of our ineligible player, we did not want to affect the seeding of our conference peers that would have an adverse impact on their ability to play for the LSC playoff title and also impact their selection criteria for the NCAA playoffs.   Therefore, we requested the LSC to apply a penalty to our record immediately and adjust our playoff seeding accordingly.  We fully support the decision of the Commissioner."
The Buffs play their LSC regular-season finale versus Eastern New Mexico on Saturday night at Blackwater Draw, N.M.  

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