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NJCAA auditing USU Eastern athletic department again

By SETH RICHARDS
USU Eastern Eagle news editor

For the third time in two years, the National Junior College Athletic Association is auditing USU Eastern athletics.

Every year the NJCAA randomly picks ten percent of the 500 teams to audit as well as any team that is cast into the spotlight by competitors who know that a team has something to hide.

These audits require the coaches, within 72 hours of initial notification, to provide the team roster, schedule, proof of high school graduation for all players, proof of full academic schedules and a plethora of documents proving the eligibility of international students to play.

Last year, the random pick chose the USU Eastern's volleyball team who had to forfeit two games because of the eligibility forms being filed late and womens basketball head coach Dave Paur suspects that another college from our conference blew the whistle on the men's basketball team for having a player, Max Zakharov, who had played two minutes professionally for a club in Russia. This caused the men's program to have their scores vacated up to that point for the entire season and postseason play last year. According to Paur, the world of college and junior college athletics is just as ruthless as that of professional rivalries.

"College athletics is like crabs trying to get out of a jar," Paur told the USU Eastern Eagle Newspaper. "They just pull each other down trying to get to the top. They'll use anything they can to get the advantage. It's the same with college teams."

A women who answered the phone on Wednesday morning at the NJCAA offices in Colorado Springs, Colo., said the NJCAA does not comment on any information about an audit and any possible consequences that may come from it.

Regardless of whether the current audit is the result of a random pick or someone blowing the whistle on the USU Eastern women's basketball team, Paur expects that the baseball team will be audited next year and the NJCAA will leave the athletic department alone for the next five years.

Sun Advocate sports reporter Kevin Scannell contributed to this article




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