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Young Harris boosters provide extra benefit to student-athlete

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Two Young Harris College boosters made an impermissible $3,737 tuition payment for a student-athlete, according to the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions.

The student-athlete quit the women’s basketball team when she found out she would not receive an athletics scholarship to help cover the shortfall between the scholarships from the school and the cost of attendance. The boosters offered to help with the student-athlete’s tuition, believing it was permissible since she was no longer a student-athlete. After the student-athlete informed them she would be joining the women’s lacrosse team at the college, the boosters proceeded to deposit the money into the student-athlete’s account, the committee said.

Young Harris recently had provided the boosters education about impermissible benefits due to their involvement in a secondary extra benefits violation earlier that year. All boosters were asked to sign a document verifying that they had received and read information regarding NCAA rules.

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties collectively submit the case to the committee in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, university and involved individuals must agree to the facts of the case for this process to be used instead of having a formal hearing.

In addition to the public reprimand and censure prescribed by the committee, the college self-imposed a three-year disassociation of the boosters. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the Division II Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case are John D. Lackey, attorney in private practice; Richard Loosbrock, faculty athletics representative and history professor at Adams State; Harry O. Stinson III, Committee on Infractions chair and athletics director at Lincoln (Pennsylvania); and Jane Teixeira, senior associate commissioner and senior woman administrator at the Pacific West Conference.