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West Texas A&M Football Program Investigated

By Betsy Blaney
|  Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013  |  Updated 1:37 PM CDT
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West Texas A&M Football Program Investigated

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The NCAA is investigating West Texas A&M after the school self-reported violations found during an internal audit of the football program.

Athletic director Michael McBroom said Wednesday that the school in Canyon, Texas, has self-imposed sanctions on the program. He did not disclose specifics or the severity of the violations or the number it reported to the NCAA in early summer.

"We're in the middle of an investigation, so I can't give any specifics," he said.

The audit revealed as many as eight secondary violations during last season, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. In one instance, the person said, a former assistant football coach asked a player to allow an incoming player to sleep on his couch for three or four nights until the dorms opened up.

The announcement comes about two weeks after the Football Championship Subdivision school fired coach Don Carthel. McBroom said the NCAA investigation is unrelated to the incident that led to Carthel's firing.

Carthel, who did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday, was fired Aug. 22 for buying two Texas Rangers tickets for players attending Lone Star Conference media days in Fort Worth in late July, the Amarillo Globe-News reported last month. The day of the firing, McBroom told the newspaper that Carthel violated rules against providing an NCAA investigation with false or misleading information.

The NCAA did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

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