Feb. 11, 2009

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -The NCAA penalized Eastern Washington's football program Wednesday for numerous violations under former coach Paul Wulff, now the coach at Washington State.

Among the violations announced were allowing ineligible athletes to practice, having too many assistant coaches and failure to properly monitor the team.

Eastern Washington was put on three years' probation and is banned from postseason play next season. It also was penalized two scholarships and had limits placed on recruiting and coaching.

In addition, Wulff cannot have any contact with the Washington State football team during the first three days of practice this season.

Some of the penalties were self-imposed and accepted by the committee.

Eastern Washington, a Football Championship Subdivision team in the Big Sky Conference reported the violations to the NCAA in February 2007.

"We accept the NCAA's findings and want to show, through our actions, that we embrace a culture of compliance," acting president John Mason said, adding the school has implemented new monitoring systems since the violations occurred.

"We are, however, disappointed with the decision to levy a postseason ban and will be assessing our appeal options."

Paul Dee, chair of the NCAA committee on infractions, said it's unavoidable that current players suffer when a program is punished for past violations.

"The people who live with the penalties on institutions are those who are present when the penalties are applied," Dee said.

Wulff coached Eastern Washington from the 2000-07 before moving on to Washington State. He led the Eagles to the playoffs in 2004, '05 and '07.

Wulff was not immediately available for comment.