The NCAA found that the University of Massachusetts-Amherst had given extra financial aid to 12 of athletes and stripped victories from the men’s basketball and women’s tennis teams, the association announced Friday.
The school had overpaid the athletes more than $9,100 in financial aid, a Division I Committee on Infractions found. Th overpayments were a result of a misunderstanding by a former associate athletics director, according to the NCAA. (RELATED: NCAA Extends Confederate Flag Ban To Preclude Championships In States Where Flag Is Flown)
“UMass implemented reasonable monitoring practices, including real-time review and end-of-year audits,” the panel said in the press release.
JUST IN: UMass Amherst has been fined for violating the NCAA’s rules on financial aid. The school gave 12 student-athletes in men’s basketball and women’s tennis financial aid that exceeded tuition, according to the Division I Committee on Infractions @WWLP22News
— Taylor Knight (@TaylorKNews) October 16, 2020
“On 13 occasions involving unique circumstances, UMass failed to identify and correct financial aid overage payments,” an NCAA news release stated.
The NCAA placed the school on probation for two years and stripped victories involving the 12 athletes, which included basketball wins and an Atlantic 10