Stanford football player got impermissible benefits

Stanford was sanctioned for practice-time violations by the school’s softball team, according to an NCAA statement released Thursday that also noted a football player had received impermissible benefits.

Stanford already had self-imposed reductions in practice time — both in season and out — when it reported the violations of former longtime head softball coach John Rittman, who resigned in 2014. But the NCAA ruled the penalties did not go far enough, so it also imposed a $5,000 fine and Stanford was issued a public reprimand.

“Stanford University has a proud track record of making substantial contributions to college athletics by supporting exemplary programs for amateur student-athletes,” the school said in a statement. “As a member of the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA, we take our commitment to the rules governing athletics very seriously. Over the years, we have instituted a robust rules-education program, created a culture of compliance and demanded vigorous self-reporting to the NCAA of any potential lapses.”

Two boosters provided a football player with nearly $3,500 of extra benefits, including a loan to purchase a bicycle, free use of a vehicle, meals and the use of a vacation home, according to Stanford and the NCAA. The player lived with the booster as part of a short-term housing program, one that gave players a place to stay as they searched for housing in the summer months.

The football player, who was not named, was given a one-game suspension by Stanford.

In Stanford's statement, former receiver Devon Cajuste said he was the player involved: "Earlier today, the NCAA released a report announcing that Stanford self-reported a violation involving a Stanford football student-athlete in 2014. I am the student-athlete involved in the violation. I unknowingly accepted impermissible benefits from my summer landlord. I look forward to moving on from this incident and to supporting my alma mater for many years to come. I will have no further comment on this matter."

“The NCAA investigation explored whether there was a possibility of other violations,” Stanford said in its statement. “No other violations were addressed in the report.

“Recognizing the risks of these housing arrangements, the university revised its policy and now prohibits student-athletes from renting local housing during the summer. Student-athletes are now housed on campus. The university has provided additional education to community members and boosters regarding impermissible benefits.”

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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