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Stanford men gain another basketball victory

Arizona forced to vacate 19 wins from 2007-08 season

The NCAA added to self-imposed sanctions by Arizona's men's basketball program on Thursday, vacating 19 wins from the 2007-08 season and removing an additional scholarship for violations involving Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson.

Stanford picked up an extra win as a result, making its official record 29-8 for Trent Johnson's final season as coach.

Arizona announced its sanctions in February, including the loss of a scholarship for 2011-12 and numerous cutbacks in recruiting visits over the next two seasons.

The NCAA upheld most of those self-imposed sanctions, but determined the school had used two ineligible players in 2007-08 and would have to vacate all wins involving those players and eliminate their statistics. It also took away a scholarship for 2012-13 and pushed back a two-year probation period for the program to Thursday instead of starting it in February, as the university had decided earlier.

Arizona's self-imposed sanctions included a reduction in the number of recruiting visits by coaches and prospective players, the disbanding of a booster group and implementation of a series of administrative and rules changes to prevent further violations.

The NCAA reduced the number of official visits by recruits to six each over the next two years -- Arizona had imposed 11 in 2009-10, eight for 2010-11-- and cut an additional 10 days of recruiting days for coaches for 2010-11, giving the school a total reduction of 30.

"We're satisfied that the process has reached a conclusion," UA director of athletics Greg Byrne said. "We have cooperated throughout and respect the findings of the committee. Now it's time for us to move forward with a focus on maintaining the highest standards of integrity within our entire athletics program."

The school noted in its report that the coach was dealing with a number of health issues at the time and it was later revealed by his physician and family that he had suffered a stroke that affected his decision-making abilities.

Olson took a leave of absence in the 2007-08 season and had intended to return for 2008-09, but announced his retirement after attending a few practices.

The NCAA found that Olson failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance at the university, but decided against sanctioning the 75-year-old former coach because he was retired and has health issues.

According to the NCAA, Olson improperly helped promote the Cactus Classic and the GOAZCATS.com Showdown in 2007 by allowing the promoter to speak on four separate occasions at board meetings for Rebounders, an Arizona booster club. Olson also urged board members to "step up" and sent them a letter urging their support of the tournaments.

The NCAA's report found that $197,000 was donated to the promoter to assist in the four events, with some of that money being used to pay for perspective players' lodging, meals and local transportation.

"I know that our university and athletic department went to great lengths to demonstrate institutional integrity in handling this matter, which includes our self-imposed sanctions," said Arizona second-year coach Sean Miller. "We are all looking forward to a bright future as we continue to develop and build our basketball program with integrity at the forefront of everything we strive to accomplish."

Mike Gosling calling it a career

Stanford grad Mike Gosling got his 15 minutes of fame in the major leagues, floating around for five years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians.

He won three major league games, lost four and had an ERA of 4.85.

He ended his season with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers with a 3-0 record and 2.96 ERA. His final appearance was 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball.

— Associated Press

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Posted by Arizona sucks
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on Jul 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Yet another reason why Arizona is the worst state in the country.


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