In addition, the student-athletes will be required to be withheld from varying levels of intercollegiate competition correlating to the amount of the benefits received. Based on the arguments submitted by the University, the NCAA deviated from its standard penalty structure and granted reduced withholdings in this case.
“We feel the outcome is fair,” stated Director of Athletics Eric Sexton. “We have been working cooperatively with the NCAA national office since we first discovered that we had potential eligibility issues. Now that those issues appear to be resolved, we will continue to work with the NCAA in bringing any remaining issues related to this situation to resolution.”
“We are finally coming to a conclusion regarding our investigation by the NCAA,” said Wichita State head baseball coach Todd Butler. “This has been a long and exhausting three-month process and I would like to credit Wichita State University for its tireless work to lighten the toll on our program. Without the dedication and support of our administration, we would not have had such a quick turnaround for our student-athletes and program. Our goal is to always follow the rules and regulations of the NCAA and to represent Wichita State University with character and class. Although this has been an unfortunate situation for all involved, we look forward to the challenge of the process. The Shocker players and program will overcome and move on to the upcoming 2014 season.”
Eight players will be withheld from competition including three position players and five pitchers. Games missed will be three, six or nine depending on the player.
Wichita State University opens its 2014 baseball season on Friday, February 14, 2014, with a series against Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.