Weber State loses nine scholarships for academic dishonesty

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The NCAA has levied a variety of sanctions against the Weber State football program, including the loss of nine scholarships, it announced Wednesday

A math instructor at Weber State admitted that she used personal login information for five athletes to complete coursework under their names. The instructors actions were discovered when another instructor saw that an athlete had "completed six quizzes and a final exam in less than one hour – an uncharacteristic pattern for that student," according to the NCAA. "That concern led to a full review of the developmental math program, and the discovery that the instructor provided assistance to other student-athletes." The athletes involved received failing grades for the class. 

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Weber State will lose nine football scholarships, be fined more than $5,000 and placed on three years probation. If, within the next five years, an NCAA member school hires the instructor involved in the case to a role with responsibilities in the athletic department, it will have to appear before a committee panel.

The Wildcats compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in the Big Sky Conference. They last won the conference in 2008 and won just two games in each of the past two seasons. Weber State is 2-9 this season, and plays its final game against Idaho State on Saturday. 

- Dan Gartland