NCAA RSS http://www.ncaa.comnews/football/d2/rss.xml NCAA RSS - DII Football en New process implemented immediately for reviewing targeting fouls http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-10-04/new-process-implemented-immediately-reviewing-targeting-fouls <p>Football referees will now stop games to immediately review when players are penalized and face ejection for targeting defenseless opponents above the shoulders or using the crown of the helmet to contact an opponent. This new review process will only impact games that have instant replay capability.</p><p>Rogers Redding, NCAA football secretary-rules editor and national coordinator of football officials, said the change is effective immediately and addresses concerns of timeliness related to review of these penalties and also the use of coach challenges during the game.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>With the new process, the on-field referee will make the foul call, stop the game clock and immediately come to the sideline to put on the headset and communicate with the instant replay official.</p><p>When the review is complete, the referee will make one of the following announcements:</p><p>• If the ruling stands: "After further review, the ruling on the field stands."<br>• If the ruling is confirmed: "After further review, the ruling on the field is confirmed."<br>• If the player's disqualification is reversed: "After further review, number XX is not disqualified. By rule the 15-yard penalty is enforced."</p><p>“This new process will allow instant replay officials to review the play in a timely manner to determine whether a student-athlete should be disqualified and not miss any game action if it is overturned,” said Redding. “Another benefit of this process is eliminating the need for a coach to use one of his challenges for the review.”</p><p>Through the first five weeks of the college football season, when instant replay officials were reviewing targeting fouls called on the field, the game was stopped only when overturning the student-athlete's disqualification or if the official needed more time to review the play.<br>&nbsp;</p> Tusculum quarterback Cordell on verge of Division II career passing record http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-10-18/tusculum-quarterback-cordell-verge-division-ii-career-passing <p><strong>GREENEVILLE, Tenn. </strong>– Tusculum quarterback Bo Cordell doesn’t pay much attention to his individual numbers, even as he’s on the verge of breaking the NCAA Division II record for career yards passing.</p><p>“I’ve never been a big stat guy,” Cordell said. “There are some guys who look at stats 10 times a week to see where they are. That’s not me.”</p><p>For someone who isn’t a big stat guy, Cordell sure has produced big stats.</p><p>Cordell has 14,340 career yards passing and is 393 shy of the Division II record heading into Saturday’s game at Carson-Newman. Zach Amedro threw for 14,733 yards at West Liberty from 2007-10. Case Keenum, who played at Houston from 2007-11, had the most career yards passing (19,217) of any college player in history regardless of classification.</p><p>Cordell already owns a Division II record for career completions with 1,243.</p><p>“He’s a Division I football player playing in a Division II league if you ask me,” Tusculum coach Frankie DeBusk said.</p><p>Saturday’s game could feature other milestones as well. Carson-Newman’s Ken Sparks will coach his 400th career game Saturday and can earn his 314th win to match Amos Alonzo Stagg and Roy Kidd for seventh place on the all-time list.</p><p>Cordell, a fifth-year senior from Cincinnati, wasn’t big enough or fast enough to get recruited by larger programs. DeBusk said Cordell is “probably 6 feet tall,” though Tusculum’s roster lists him as 6-foot-1. Cordell said Miami of Ohio, Akron and Football Championship Subdivision schools Youngstown State and Richmond expressed interest, but none offered scholarships.</p><p>Cordell is the lone Ohioan playing for Tusculum, located about 75 miles northeast of Knoxville with an enrollment of about 2,300. Cordell said he’d never heard of Tusculum before Pioneers offensive coordinator Marc Kolb started recruiting him.</p><p>Kolb “always said you can put up great numbers in this offense, like video games,” Cordell said. “I was like, ‘We’ll see. We’ll see.’”</p><p>Kolb made a bolder forecast after Cordell began his college career.</p><p>“At the end of his freshman year, I looked at him and told him you can be the best quarterback ever to play Division II,” Kolb said. “The way he handled himself early in his career, it was very obvious what he could do.”</p><p>Cordell’s production has backed up Kolb’s predictions. He’s put up huge numbers while operating a no-huddle offense that often features sets with four or five receivers. He also has earned his business administration degree and was one of 22 players nationwide selected on the American Football Coaches Association Good Works team honoring off-field achievements.</p><p>But all those individual honors haven’t produced much team success. Tusculum’s only winning season in Cordell’s career came when the Pioneers finished 6-5 in 2010. Tusculum has split its first six games this season.</p><p>“I feel like the quarterback is usually the central reason why you won or lost, so I’m taking it pretty hard honestly,” Cordell said.</p><p>That helps explain why Cordell isn’t dwelling on the record, no matter how much he’s tempted when teammates remind him where he stands.</p><p>“I think I looked at my calculator (Sunday) to see how many (yards) I had to get to the big record, but really I haven’t been able to think about it much,” Cordell said. “Once the big one falls, I think it’s going to feel good. I think I’ll really feel good about it after the season, looking back on my career.”</p><p>It will feel even better if that record is accompanied by a few more wins.</p> Slippery Rock slated to play Mercyhurst at Michigan’s Big House in 2014 http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-10-20/slippery-rock-slated-play-mercyhurst-michigan%E2%80%99s-big-house-2014 <p><strong>ANN ARBOR, Mich. </strong>-- Slippery Rock is coming to Michigan Stadium -- just not to take on the Wolverines.</p><p>Michigan says that Slippery Rock will play at the 109,901-seat Big House on Oct. 18, 2014, when the Wolverines have a bye week. The game will pit Slippery Rock against Mercyhurst, a fellow member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.</p><p>Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says Slippery Rock has a “special place in the hearts” of Wolverines fans. The announcing of Slippery Rock’s score has been a fixture during Michigan home games.</p><p>It’s the third Slippery Rock visit to Michigan Stadium. The school lost 45-14 to Shippensburg in 1979 and lost 14-13 to Wayne State in 1981.</p><p>Slippery Rock has about 7,200 students and Michigan has about 44,000.</p> Tusculum’s Cordell sets DII record for career passing with 15,049 yards http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-10-27/tusculum%E2%80%99s-cordell-sets-dii-record-career-passing-15049-yards <p><strong>GREENEVILLE, Tenn. </strong>– Tusculum’s Bo Cordell broke the Division II record for career yards passing Saturday in a 41-33 loss to Wingate.</p><p>Cordell threw for 349 yards against Wingate to increase his career total to 15,049. That broke the Division II record set by Zach Amedro, who threw for 14,733 yards for West Liberty from 2007-10.</p><p>Case Keenum, who played at Houston from 2007-11, holds the record for most career yards passing (19,217) of any college player regardless of classification.</p><p>Cordell also owns the Division II record for career completions with 1,275.</p><p><strong>Related:</strong><br>• <a href="http://ncaasite.turner.com/news/football/article/2013-10-18/tusculum-quarterback-cordell-verge-division-ii-career-passing-recor">Cordell’s production has backed up predictions</a></p> Bloomsburg into top five of AFCA poll; Pittsburg State moves up to seventh http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-10-28/bloomsburg-top-five-afca-poll-pittsburg-state-moves-seventh <p>Missouri Western State and North Carolina-Pembroke fell from the ranks of the unbeatens this week, leaving us with only 10 unblemished teams in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Griffons lost to new-No. 7 Pittsburg State, 34-14, sliding Missouri Western State to No. 12 this week, while North Carolina-Pembroke dropped a 24-21 decision to Newberry, allowing the Wolves to jump back into the rankings at No. 25 while the Braves dropped to No. 19.</p><table class="inline-left" style="width: 250px;"><thead><tr><th colspan="5" style="text-align: center;">DIVISION II AFCA TOP 25</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td style="width: 50px; "><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/m/minn-st-mankato.40.png" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 1px; float: left; width: 40px; height: 40px;"></td><td style="width: 50px; "><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/n/northwest-mo-st.40.png" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 1px; float: left; width: 40px; height: 40px;"></td><td style="width: 50px; "><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/c/colorado-st-pueblo.40.png" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 1px; float: left; width: 40px; height: 40px;"></td><td style="width: 50px; "><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/h/henderson-st.40.png" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 1px; float: left; width: 40px; height: 40px;"></td><td style="width: 50px; "><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/b/bloomsburg.40.png" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 5px 1px; float: left; width: 40px; height: 40px;"></td></tr><tr><td colspan="5">• <a href="/rankings/football/d2/afca_coaches">Complete poll</a></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Minnesota State-Mankato still holds the top spot with 25 first-place votes, followed by No. 2 Northwest Missouri State with seven first-place votes. Colorado State-Pueblo, Henderson State and Bloomsburg round out the top five.</p><p>Valdosta State and Tarleton State dropped out of the poll this week allowing Slippery Rock to join Newberry as the two newcomers in this week’s poll. Slippery Rock is No. 24 this week, marking its first appearance in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll since November 7, 2011.</p> Man charged in shooting death of Missouri Southern State assistant coach http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-11-02/man-charged-shooting-death-missouri-southern-state-assistant-coach <p><drupal-entity data-align="none" data-caption="" data-embed-button="embed_image" data-entity-embed-display="view_mode:paragraph.embedded" data-entity-embed-settings="" data-entity-id="106550" data-entity-type="paragraph" data-entity-uuid="29a40f2a-674b-4777-92ac-467f78de138e"></drupal-entity><strong>JOPLIN, Mo.</strong> -- A 39-year-old man has been charged in the shooting death of a Missouri Southern State football coach.</p><p>Joplin police said Saturday that the Jasper County prosecutor's office has charged Jeffery L. Bruner of Joplin with felony murder and armed criminal action in 37-year-old Derek Moore's death. Moore died after he was shot Friday night as he left a Joplin movie theater.</p><p>Bruner is being held without bond in Joplin. Jail officials say it's not clear if he has a lawyer.</p><p>Moore was in his first year as a Missouri Southern offensive line coach. He came to MSSU after three seasons at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.</p><p>The university canceled its homecoming activities and said in a statement the school was ''stunned and deeply saddened'' by Moore's death.</p> West Chester beats Cheyney 66-14 to get best record since 1967 http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/case-you-missed-it/2013-11-02/west-chester-beats-cheyney-66-14-get-best-record-1967 <p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/w/west-chester.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">CHEYNEY, Pa. --</strong> Andrew Derr went 13-of-23 for 293 yards and three touchdowns, and Rondell White rushed for 103 yards and two scores as No. 10 West Chester defeated PSAC East rival Cheyney 66-14 on Saturday afternoon at O'Shields-Stevenson Stadium.</p><p>West Chester (9-0, 6-0 PSAC East) scored 42 points after halftime to improve to 9-0 for the first time since 1967 while Cheyney (0-9, 0-6) is still in search of its first win on the year.</p><p>Erick Brundidge caught a 67-yard TD pass in the second quarter, and Tim Keyser hauled in a 21-yard score a little later in the frame to help stake the visitors to a 24-7 lead by the break. Brundidge, who finished with four catches for 104 yards, snared a 25-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter.</p><p>White scored on a six-yard run with four seconds remaining in the opening quarter, and then he scampered into the end zone from five yards out early in the third quarter that extended West Chester's lead to 31-7, before sitting down for the day.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/m/minn-st-mankato.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato 45, Wayne State (Neb.) 3</strong></p><p><strong>MANKATO, Minn. -- </strong>Minnesota State-Mankato football clicked on all cylinders Saturday afternoon as it finished its regular-season home schedule with a 45-3 win against the Wayne State (Neb.) Wildcats.</p><p>With the win, the Mavericks improved to 9-0 on the season and a perfect 5-0 in the NSIC South Division. With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 2-7 on the season, including a 1-4 record in NSIC South Division action.</p><p>MSU has now won 20 consecutive NSIC games dating back to the start of the 2012 season, including a perfect 5-0 record at home this season.</p><p>As a team the Mavericks tallied 456 yards of total offense, including 251 rushing yards, while limiting WSC to 176 total yards of offense, including 49 rushing yards.</p><p>Senior Jon Wolf led the way for the Maverick offense as he posted 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 159 passing yards and a touchdown and a 46-yard touchdown catch. Senior Dennis Carter, who posted 55 receiving yards on the day, also threw the 46-yard touchdown pass to Wolf.</p><p>Sophomore Justin Otto notched a team-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for a loss. Senior Chris Schaudt added 1.5 sacks for a total loss of 16 yards, while sophomore Patrick Schmidt and junior Kelend Smith each posted one interception.</p><p>The MSU defense limited the Wildcats to 49 rushing yards and 127 yards through the air. It also forced seven WSC punts.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/n/northwest-mo-st.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 2 Northwest Missouri State 52, No. 8 Washburn 21</strong></p><p><strong>MARYVILLE, Mo. --</strong> Northwest Missouri State senior quarterback Trevor Adams put up big numbers on Saturday in the Bearcats’ 52-21 victory against previously unbeaten and eighth-ranked Washburn.</p><p>Adams completed 23 of 27 passes for 306 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Nine different receivers caught passes in the game, with Rueben Thomas leading in yardage with 62. Billy Creason led the Bearcats in rushing with 77 yards. Brady Bolles also contributed two touchdowns on the ground and Robert Burton had 76 yards.</p><p>Second-ranked 2 Northwest improved to 9-0 overall and 8-0 in the MIAA.</p><p><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/c/colorado-st-pueblo.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;"><strong>No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo 34, Colorado Mesa 6</strong></p><p><strong>PUEBLO, Colo. -- </strong>Colorado State-Pueblo's defense outdueled one of the top defensive units in the nation in a 34-6 victory against Colorado Mesa on Saturday night.</p><p>Stephen Dickens led the way with a forced Maverick fumble on the first play from scrimmage to set up a ThunderWolves' touchdown less than two minutes into the game.</p><p>The story offensively for the ThunderWolves came from the rush attack led by Chris Ashe. Ashe finished with 170 yards and two touchdowns on the night, while emerging weapon Darius Millines contributed 99 yards and a touchdown out of the wildcat formation. Chris Bonner threw three interceptions in the game, compared to just one touchdown to tight end DaVaughn Thornton</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/h/henderson-st.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 4 Henderson Space 37, Arkansas-Monticello 21</strong></p><p><strong>MONTICELLO, Ark. --</strong> Henderson State used five first-half interceptions to beat Arkansas-Monticello 37-21 on Saturday.</p><p>With the win, coupled with Southern Arkansas' win against Ouachita Baptist, Henderson State clinched at least a share of the Great American Conference title. It is Henderson's third league title in the past four years.</p><p>With the Reddie offense struggling, it was the defense that stepped to forefront as UAM managed 69 yards in the first half.</p><p>The defense made its presence known on UAM's first series as Christian Love picked off a Cody Trimble pass at the UAM 45 to set up Henderson's first score.</p><p>The Reddie offense had its lowest output of the season as Henderson totaled just 346 yards including 194 yards passing.</p><p>Kevin Rodgers was limited to 21-of-34 passing for 194 yards with Darius Davis leading the Reddie receivers with 78 yards on seven receptions. Davis eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark and became the third receiver in HSU history to reach that plateau.</p><p>McCoy led the Reddie ground game having 16 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/m/minn-duluth.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth 57, Minnesota-Crookston 3</strong></p><p><strong>DULUTH, Minn. --</strong> Minnesota-Duluth found the end zone on each of its first six possessions Saturday afternoon to take a 42-0 second-quarter lead and went on to crush Minnesota-Crookston 57-3 in the Bulldogs' regular-season home finale.</p><p>The Bulldogs got touchdowns from seven different players in the victory, their eighth consecutive against the Golden Eagles and their 34th triumph in 36 lifetime Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division games.</p><p>Fittingly, four seniors -- tight ends Pat Alexander and Jeremy Reierson, wide out Austin Selvick, and starting linebacker (turned temporary fullback) Nate Zuk --&nbsp; caught touchdown passes on the team's annual senior day and fifth-year Bulldog Brent Jorgensen threw his first scoring strike as a collegian. Freshman quarterback Drew Bauer completed 12 of 14 passes for 141 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in a little under two quarters of work. Sophomore running back Logan Lauters (a one-yard run) and junior wide receivers Zach Zweifel (33-yard pass from Bauer) and Aaron Roth (six-yard pass from Bauer) also scored a&nbsp; touchdown while redshirt freshman Tyler McLaughlin (two) and junior Alex Brown (one), UMD's primary punter, combined for three field goals.<br><br>UMD, which improves to 8-1 on the year, held the 2-7 Golden Eagles to six first downs and 107 yards of total offense. Freshman defensive end Jake Lambrecht came off the bench to figure in on a team-leading eight total tackles while freshmen linebacker Beau Bates and Ben McDonald each were credited with four stops. Linebacker Colby Ring had four tackles to move into sixth place on UMD's career charts (261 stops).</p><p>In addition to giving up 87 yards of passing offense (including just seven yards in the second half), UMD sacked Golden Eagle quarterbacks Kyle Larson and Nathan Cole three times and racked up five quarterback hurries.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/p/pittsburg-st.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 7 Pittsburg State 70, Northwestern Oklahoma State 0</strong></p><p><strong>PITTSBURG, Kan. —</strong> Quarterback Tony Abenoja tossed touchdown passes of 40 and 76 yards to wide receiver John Brown on Pittsburg State's first two offensive plays to lead the Gorillas to a 70-0 win against Northwestern Oklahoma State on Saturday.</p><p>Abenoja completed 10 of 12 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns in one half of action as Pitt State (8-1) built a 56-0 halftime cushion before 8,467 fans at Brandenburg Field/Carnie Smith Stadium.</p><p>Brown, who climbed into eighth place in MIAA history in career receiving yards, finished the game with four catches for 132 yards. He now has 174 receptions for 3,136 yards.</p><p>Jeff Seybold, Jr. also carried the ball 10 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns against the Rangers, scoring on runs of two and nine yards in the first quarter as well as a five-yard run in the second period.</p><p>In all, Pitt State compiled 634 yards of total offense in the contest -- 360 yards on the ground and 274 yards through the air.</p><p>Brian Poston rushed six times for 89 yards, including a 52-yard third-quarter scoring run. Backup quarterbacks Ramsey Hamilton and Darrack Harger both added touchdown runs.</p><p>Gavin Lutman and Conner Combes added scoring catches from Abenoja in Pitt State's 28-point second quarter.</p><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://i.turner.ncaa.com/dr/ncaa/ncaa7/release/sites/default/files/images/logos/schools/s/shepherd.70.png" style="width: 70px; height: 70px; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px; float: left;">No. 9 Shepherd 45, Glenville State 19</strong></p><p><strong>GLENVILLE, W.Va. --</strong> Redshirt-freshman running back Jabre Lolley rushed 17 times for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Shepherd to a 45-19 win against Glenville State in MEC action at Ike and Sue Morris Stadium on Saturday.</p><p>Redshirt-freshman quarterback Jeff Ziemba connected on 15-of-24 passes for 180 yards for the Rams. Sean Steele completed 10-of-23 passes for 95 yards for the Pioneers.</p><p>Sophomore running back Allen Cross rushed for 99 yards on 22 carries to lead the Rams. Rahmann Lee had 22 carries for a game-high 148 yards for the Pioneers.</p><p>Shepherd gained 390 yards of total offense, while Glenville State had 237. Glenville State had 137 rushing yards to become the first team to rush for more than 100 yards against the Rams this season.</p><p>Dominique Dixon recorded 11 tackles to lead the Rams. Elijah Sala had nine tackles to lead the Pioneers.</p> Virginia State ranked for first time in program history in latest top 25 http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-11-04/virginia-state-ranked-first-time-program-history-latest-top-25 <p>After receiving votes for three consecutive weeks, Virginia State finally broke into the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for the first time in the program’s history at No. 25. The Trojans are 8-1 this season after beating Chowan 28-0 and claimed the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association North Division title.</p><p>Minnesota State-Mankato still holds the top spot with 22 first-place votes, but lost two first-place votes to No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, which has nine this week, and one first-place vote to No. 3 Colorado State-Pueblo.</p><p>Henderson State and Minnesota-Duluth round out the top five. Six top 25 teams lost this past weekend, causing a shakeup in the poll from No. 5 down. West Texas A&amp;M and West Alabama dropped out this week, allowing three new teams to enter. Tuskegee and North Alabama come in at No. 23 and No. 24, respectively, along with Virginia State.</p><p>• <a href="http://www.ncaa.com/rankings/football/d2/afca-coaches">Complete AFCA Top 25</a></p> Memorial service held for slain Missouri Southern State coach Moore http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-11-05/memorial-service-held-slain-missouri-southern-state-coach-moore <p><!--ASSET:2--><strong>JOPLIN, Mo. —</strong> A slain Missouri Southern State assistant football coach is being remembered as happy and charismatic.</p><p>A memorial service was held late Monday afternoon at the school in Joplin for 37-year-old offensive line coach Derek Moore. Police said Moore was in a movie theater parking lot Friday when Jeffery L. Bruner, of Joplin, shot him. Moore and Bruner's estranged wife had been at the theater together.</p><p>Bruner is charged in Jasper County with felony murder and armed criminal action. It is not known if Bruner has an attorney.</p><p>Missouri Southern interim president Alan Marble, the athletics director and the head football coach spoke at Moore's memorial. University spokeswoman Cassie Mathes says that at one point, the football team led the crowd in reciting the Lord's Prayer.</p><p>Related: <a href="http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-11-02/man-charged-shooting-death-missouri-southern-state-assistant-coach">Man charged in shooting death of Missouri Southern State assistant coach</a></p> Chadron St. lacked institutional control, former coach broke conduct rules http://www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2013-11-06/chadron-st-lacked-institutional-control-former-coach-broke-conduct <p><strong>INDIANAPOLIS</strong> --&nbsp;Chadron State College did not exercise control of its athletics department and the former head football coach did not follow NCAA ethical conduct rules, according to findings by the Division II Committee on Infractions. The former head football coach maintained outside bank accounts for the football program, provided extra benefits to student-athletes and provided false or misleading information during interviews with the school. Additionally, a football student-athlete was allowed to compete while ineligible, the school did not ensure that all coaches signed their squad lists before the team’s first game and some coaches did not record countable practice hours for student-athletes.</p><p>Penalties, including those self-imposed by the university, include three years of probation, vacation of wins in which a student-athlete competed while ineligible and recruiting restrictions. The former head coach and the former athletics director received two-year show-cause orders. During the show-cause period, the former head coach will be limited in his duties at his current employing school. If the former athletics director seeks an athletically-related position at an NCAA member school during that two-year period, he and the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the school should be subject to the show-cause procedures.</p><p>In 2009, the former head coach opened an external bank account for proceeds from the football program’s golf tournament without the permission of the college president. He used this account for both football-related expenses, such as recruiting trips, and personal expenses, including paying for a traffic ticket and other unknown uses. The former coach also maintained two other outside bank accounts to pay concession workers and for recruiting expenses. When asked, the former head coach did not reveal the location of the golf tournament money and the existence of the outside bank accounts.</p><p>The former athletic director attended the football fundraisers, but failed to monitor and adequately track the approximately $30,000 raised by the golf tournaments. The committee noted that the former athletic director and former head coach were not aware that an outside account could lead to NCAA violations, and noted that the absence of a rules education program contributed to the violations.</p><p>The former head coach gave $250 from the external account to two student-athletes. On one occasion, the former head coach gave a student-athlete $150 to settle a school bill. On another occasion, the former head coach provided $100 to a student-athlete so he could purchase health insurance. As a long-time NCAA coach, the committee found that the former head coach knowingly violated the basic tenet of amateurism by providing money to student-athletes.</p><p>The former head coach did not follow NCAA ethical conduct rules when he provided false or misleading information to the school about the existence of two of the three outside bank accounts and gave money to student-athletes when he knew it was against NCAA rules.</p><p>Because the former athletics director and the school did not monitor the creation or use of the outside bank accounts, its lack of a rules education program and the absence of a system for monitoring athletics department operations, Chadron State lacked institutional control.</p><p>Penalties include:</p><ul><li>Public reprimand and censure.</li><li>Three years of probation from Nov. 6, 2013, through Nov. 5, 2016.</li><li>A $5,000 fine.</li><li>A vacation of results for the football program for the 2011 and 2012 football seasons. The public report contains further details.</li><li>A two-year show cause order for the former head coach. During this period, the committee restricts athletically-related duties of the former head coach at his current NCAA school, as detailed by his current employing school. The public report contains the further details.</li><li>A two-year show cause order for the former director of athletics. During this period, the committee restricts athletically related duties of the former director of athletics should he be employed by an NCAA school.</li><li>A reduction of paid official visits by 15 for the football program, from 75 to 60, for the 2013-14 academic year (self-imposed by the school).</li><li>Withholding of one full-time coach from recruiting off-campus for the spring and fall 2013 recruiting periods (self-imposed by the school).</li><li>An external audit of the school’s athletics program will be conducted (self-imposed by the school).</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;">Members of the Division II Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the committee who reviewed this case are Douglas D. Blais, faculty athletic representative, Southern New Hampshire; Jean Paul Bradshaw II, attorney; Bridget E. Lyons, associate director of athletics, Barry; Julie A. Rochester, chair of the DII Committee on Infractions and faculty athletic representative and associate professor, Northern Michigan; Carey J. Snyder, associate director of athletics, East Stroudsburg (Pa.); and Harry O. Stinson III, assistant athletic director, Kentucky State.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p>