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WVU Football Receives Two Years' Probation

The NCAA has accepted West Virginia University's self-imposed penalties for infractions that we already knew about and that occurred under former coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart, ESPN reports.

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Basically, WVU is in trouble for letting too many people coach, sometimes in situations where they weren't supposed to be coaching.

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The NCAA said WVU exceeded coaching staff limits when it allowed staff members, graduate assistants and a student assistant coach to participate in coaching activities both on and off the field. That included five video graduate assistants who monitored or conducted skills-development drills and attended position meetings where they worked directly with coaches.

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WVU will lose one scholarship in 2011 and 2012 and will face "recruiting restrictions and staff reductions." Basically, the NCAA has said the penalties WVU has imposed on itself are sufficient, so athletic director Oliver Luck has to be pretty happy. As the Smoking Musket puts it, "If I were in charge of punishing myself, I would be eating a lot of ice cream."

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