Belton, Texas - A Texas college football program gets a harsh penalty.
The NCAA, ordering Mary Hardin-Baylor to vacate its 2016 Division III national championship because the head football coach let a player use his car for more than 18 months, which was determined to be an improper benefit for a student-athlete. The NCAA announced its findings Thursday and said it would vacate any victories in which ineligible athletes played. The school said that would include 29 victories over the 2016-2017 seasons and the 2016 championship. School officials said they will appeal that punishment.
The NCAA said coach Pete Fredenburg loaned a player his 2006 Subaru for the 2016-2017 seasons.
Fredenburg said in a statement he "unintentionally" broke the rules.
Area players on the Crusaders' football roster include Ethan Owens, junior tight end from Yoakum; Austin Black, freshman defensive back from Edna; Clay Ford, freshman kicker/punter from Tidehaven; and Michael Rodriguez, freshman defensive end from Shiner.
(Some info from Associated Press.)