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Rattlers facing NCAA hearing in September

Florida A&M was cited for a lack of institutional control by the
NCAA on Monday after an investigation found rampant violations
regarding student-athlete eligibility and a failure by former
football coach Billy Joe to adequately monitor his program.

The NCAA's notice of allegations listed 184 instances between
1998-99 and 2004-05 in which students throughout the athletics
program were allowed to participate without meeting NCAA
eligibility requirements.

"Key personnel … lacked acceptable levels of expertise and
knowledge of these regulations resulting in an inadequate
certification system and a number of improper certifications of its
student-athletes," the report said.

Most of those eligibility violations occurred under former
compliance director Jonathan Evans, who is no longer at the school.

The school had earlier made public the results of their internal
report and volunteered to strip scholarships in almost every sport
-- including 28 in football -- and impose a one-year postseason ban
on its men's basketball team next season.

This comes two months after Joe and two assistants were fired by
the school, which cited alleged NCAA rules violations in recruiting
and eligibility as the reasons for dismissal. Joe has since sued
the school.

The school will have until Sept. 5 to review the charges and
respond. The NCAA Committee on Infractions is scheduled to hear
Florida A&M's case during its Oct. 14-16 meetings in Colorado
Springs, Colo.