Friday, April 22, 2011


Following in the steps of Buffalo State and Geneseo who were found guilty of the same in recent seasons, Potsdam's hockey team is facing a postseason ban for breaking financial aid rules.

I feel bad for the men on the team who will be playing their hearts out with absolutely no chance of making the playoffs no matter the record, but rules are rules and I like Brockport's improved chances for making the SUNYAC's.

Here's the AP report...

The NCAA has penalized the State University of New York at Potsdam for violations of financial aid rules involving men's and women's ice hockey; men's and women's lacrosse; women's volleyball and women's soccer programs.

Penalties in this case include two years probation and a postseason ban.

During the 2008-08 and 2009-10 academic years, the NCAA says the university awarded financial aid packages to student-athletes in a pattern clearly distinguishable from the general pattern of all financial aid for the general student body. The committee noted the violations were unintentional, but represented a significant competitive advantage.

The university awarded the scholarships in the form of International Initiative Grants, which were designed to increase the presence of international students enrolled at the university.