Cleveland (WOIO) - Baldwin Wallace University recently reported violations in the way some student-athletes received financial aid to the NCAA. The Division III school also imposed a postseason ban for all sports for the 2012-13 seasons.
The football team is currently 7-1 and ranked 15th in the American Football Coaches Association Division III poll. They most likely would have made the playoffs.
The president of the university released a statement on the postseason ban:
Recently mistakes in the application of NCAA regulations to the awarding of financial aid to a small percentage of our student-athletes have come to light. Baldwin Wallace University has always stood for the highest standards of integrity. For that reason, we have notified the NCAA that we are withdrawing from any consideration of postseason play for our athletic teams during the 2012-13 academic year. This was a difficult decision to make, but one that would certainly be expected of us by the NCAA.
The University is obligated as an NCAA member to examine any possible failure to maintain full compliance and to take appropriate corrective action. Over the coming months, we will work cooperatively with the NCAA to determine a final resolution of the situation. This is a difficult day for BW, but we are a strong community and together we will become even stronger as we work through these issues.
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