NCAA delays ruling on UL violations probe

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The NCAA unexpectedly has reversed course after announcing Friday morning that it would issue later Friday its ruling on an investigation into alleged recruiting violations by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football program, and specifically former Ragin’ Cajuns assistant coach David Saunders.

According to an email from the NCAA: “The Committee on Infractions call will be rescheduled for a later date.”

Officials from UL appeared before an NCAA Committee on Infractions last November at Indianapolis.

The NCAA issued a four-count notice of allegations earlier in 2015, and UL subsequently responded.

Saunders was accused of taking part in a scheme to alter ACT answers and/or scores of six Cajun football recruits, including five who later for played for the team, and of not fully cooperating and being fully truthful with UL and NCAA investigators.

UL acknowledged those allegations, but suggested Saunders did not orchestrate the plan.

The NCAA also alleged he made payments of about $6,500 to one former Cajun, something officials from UL denied in their response.

Saunders was fired by UL during the 2014 season, after he allegedly failed to cooperate. He was hired as head coach following the 2015 season by Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, where he served as an assistant in 2015.

UL self-imposed penalties including the vacating of its entire 2011 season, including its New Orleans Bowl win over San Diego State, a reduction in football scholarships by 11 over a three-year period, and recruiting restrictions.

UL is waiting to learn if any further sanctions will be levied by the NCAA.

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