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BREAKING NEWS: Wulff, Eastern penalized by NCAA

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Updated 2:17 p.m. -- Links to NCAA and Eastern releases

This can't be good:

"The Eastern Washington University football program has been put on three years probation and is banned from postseason due to what the NCAA calls "major violations."

The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions released the report on Wednesday.

The violations include impermissible participation by ineligible student-athletes in practice activities, the use of too many countable coaches, failure to monitor by former head coach Paul Wulff, now the head coach at Washington State, and a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university."

Credit: The Spokesman-Review

The real loser in this is EWU, who loses any chance of postseason play in 2009, gets 3 years probation, loses a coach and receives various other penalties.

The bad news for WSU: Wulff is forced to sit out the first three days of practice for WSU this fall, and attend classes on how to not do this sort of thing. He also gets the first real black eye of his WSU tenure.

There goes the leverage we had to call out Sarkisian ...

EDIT: You can read the full release from the NCAA here.

EDIT2: You can read the Eastern release here. Nothing groundbreaking in there, no mention of Wulff. Just this quote:

"We accept the NCAA’s findings and want to show, through our actions, that we embrace a culture of compliance. We are, however, disappointed with the decision to levy a post-season ban and will be assessing our appeal options.

"We have taken significant compliance measures to ensure we do not find ourselves in this situation again and we were pleased to see the NCAA acknowledged that fact in its report. Those measures will allow us to confidently move forward from this experience believing Eastern athletics are now best-poised to provide a meaningful experience for our student athletes, while remaining competitive on the field," Acting-President John Mason said.