Prairie View Probation
by: Jim Bell, January 9, 2008 5:01:00 am
The Prairie View women's program has been placed on four years probation, and the school has been ordered to reduce women's basketball scholarships from 15 to 12 for the next three years.
Violations cited by the NCAA range from Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke giving small cash payments to players to unauthorized practices.
Former WNBA Houston Comets star Cooper-Dyke says the violations were mistakes "made by a rookie coach with no NCAA experience who wasn't familiar with the rules."
Prairie View President George Wright says the school is already working to correct the problems. It's imposed two penalties on itself: reducing practice hours for the first three weeks of this season, and reducing the number of official paid visits by prospective recruits from four to two.
Four years probation means if there are any more violations during that period the women's program could face harsher penalties, including suspension. Jim Bell Houston Public Radio News.