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NSIC Nullifies 2012 Minnesota State Mankato Football Titles
University appeal denied by conference.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-31-2014
Mankato, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Board of Directors announced today that it has denied Minnesota State University, Mankato’s appeal of an earlier NSIC decision to nullify the university’s 2012 football overall and South Division championships for a secondary NCAA rules violation.
The NCAA violation, which involved two student-athletes who repeated a course in the spring 2012 semester, was self-reported to the NCAA and NSIC by Minnesota State Mankato.
After reviewing the case, the NCAA imposed a $2,500 fine on Minnesota State Mankato for the infraction but determined it would not impose any additional penalties to the university, its teams or student-athletes.
Subsequent to the NCAA decision on the fine that Minnesota State Mankato received, the NSIC determined that conference bylaws required the league to also apply nullification penalties to the university’s 2012-13 league finishes in which the two student-athletes were involved. Minnesota State Mankato appealed the NSIC decision, but the conference board of directors denied the appeal.
The end result is that instead of winning the 2012 overall NSIC and South Division football titles, Minnesota State Mankato will finish fourth overall and second in the South Division based on a winning percentage adjustment the NSIC will make using a league formula.
The Mavericks’ 2012 conference won-loss records will remain 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the South Division. Minnesota State Mankato’s 13-1 overall season record will be unaffected, as will its standing as an NCAA Division II national football semifinalist in 2012.
The NSIC nullifications will also apply to 2012-13 season team and individual NSIC men’s track and field championship point totals as well as conference all-sports standings for the 2012-13 year. However, because of the overall margin of victory, Minnesota State Mankato’s championships will still stand in each of these, although individual results and records impacted by these penalties will no longer be recognized.
The secondary rules violation that led to the NCAA fine and NSIC nullification was self-reported to the NCAA by Minnesota State Mankato immediately after the university learned of the administrative error, which occurred because of a course title change that was not identified through the University’s normal screening process to detect course duplication.
The automated screening process has now been corrected and no other issues were identified after a manual review of the academic transcripts of all currently enrolled student-athletes.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.