Southern University responds to NCAA sanctions

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Southern interim Athletic Director Roman Banks. Photo courtesy of

Last week, the NCAA ruled that Southern had a “lack of institutional control” in its eligibility and certification processes. As a result, they penalized the school—slapping them with a five-year probation.

Southern University accepted the sanctions and released the statement below:

“After a lengthy process, Southern University is pleased with the NCAA adoption of the University’s self-imposed penalties submitted in response to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions’ decision regarding Southern University.

“Over the past several years, the University and the Department of Athletics have been aggressively pursuing and implementing measures and investing resources to address deficiencies that contributed to previous inaccuracies and NCAA infractions. Corrective actions, including dedicating additional resources and adopting improved policies and procedures, have had a measurable and positive impact on our data collection, student-athlete certification, student academic performance and compliance. The full list of corrective actions is included in today’s NCAA report.

“Today’s outcome is the end of a long journey. Going forward, we remain committed to investing to ensure we have the infrastructure to support a productive athletic program and strong institutional control and outstanding NCAA compliance. We appreciate everyone for the work and effort that brought us to this point.”

— SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. Belton

Interim Athletic Director Roman Banks released this statement:

“Today's release of the NCAA Public Infractions Report represents the culmination of long and arduous process and closes the chapter on Southern's involvement with the NCAA Infractions case process.

“Southern, in conjunction with John G. Long of Jackson Lewis PC, investigated and self-reported the violations outlined in the public report, which involved a large volume of work executed by a broad-based spectrum of university personnel. In response to Southern’s findings, the university self-imposed penalties which were accepted and adopted by the Committee on Infractions today.

“The violations detailed in the public report mostly occurred in the past and no current student-athlete is ineligible as a result of the violations outlined in the public report.

“Southern implemented significant corrective actions over the past two years, which are outlined in the public report. Southern’s corrective actions have demonstrably succeeded in ensuring that Southern properly certifies the eligibility of its student-athletes. In addition to correcting the problems outlined in this case, Southern’s initiatives have resulted in recent positive developments with the Academic Performance Program.

“Southern University remains committed to dedicating the necessary resources and to providing exceptional leadership in place to regulate and function under the guidelines established by the NCAA.