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NJCAA rules on FSCC probation

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The National Junior College Athletic Association placed Fort Scott Community College's football program on probation -- officially -- Monday morning.

Word had leaked that probation had already taken affect two weeks ago but only one person -- NJCAA Assistant Executive Director Mark Krug -- actually said it was so at the time. Fort Scott Community College admitted that the NJCAA was asking the college questions at the time but neither it nor the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference would actually use the word "probation."

Based on the inquiry, the NJCAA has placed the school's football program on probation for this season. The punishment, which includes a reduction in scholarships for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, makes the Greyhounds ineligible for participate in the Region VI Playoffs or an NJCAA bowl game this season.

According to a press release sent to the Tribune Monday morning, the NJCAA ruled that "17 students were recruited to play football at FSCC by signing an institutional scholarship, not a National Letter of Intent. All students that are recruited to play a sport at a NJCAA school must sign a National Letter of Intent."

During the inquiry process, FSCC showed that "out of the 17 students in question, only nine students actually attended Fort Scott Community College. The FSCC coaching staff told all 17 students that they were to receive a needs-based scholarship and would have the opportunity to try out for the football team. The NJCAA ruled that the students believed they were being recruited specifically to play football."

FSCC players are still eligible for any post-season individual honors from the KJCCC and the NJCAA.

FSCC's off-season and early season has been rocky. Former head coach Jeff Sims resigned the first week of July to take the recruiting coordinator position at Indiana University and offensive coordinator Curtis Horton was named head coach at the same time. Then the rumors of probation came out with the official announcement coming Monday.

Thursday night, Fort Scott's season opened with a 65-18 loss at the hands of Blinn College, which came into the season ranked No. 4 in the NJCAA pre-season football poll.

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Is this an error of omission or something more?

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 1:03 AM

Just the top of the iceberg.

-- Posted by MyVoiceCounts on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 11:59 AM

Good point about tip of the iceberg. I'll bet there will be some heads rolling, tongues wagging, and lots of questions to be answered (by FSCC and the public).

-- Posted by pastoral on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 1:42 PM

I have had the opportunity to send two of my sons to FSSC under the Simms and Horton era. I would like to state that both these coaches are men of integrity. Their commitment to the football program and players at FSSC has and will always be their top priority. I don't know all the details, but I know the men are trustworty, loyal and commited to their program and work. Hang in their coach, we are behind you.

Parents of the players

-- Posted by j6ks on Tue, Aug 30, 2011, at 7:16 PM

This was an deliberate attempt by the football program, with the full knowledge of the AD and probably the president, to exceed the scholarship limit as set by the NJCAA. That is the finding of their investigation. Other violations may well be forthcoming. Anyone who knew our former coach also knew where his "integrity" began and ended. Now look at where we are. What have the cumulative millions (yes, millions -- I've seen the year-by-year budgets) lavished on the football program bought us? Just another corrupt college sports program. To the other athletic coaches and sports on campus who actually do run their programs with integrity, I hope you will not be tarnished with guilt-by-association.

-- Posted by campuscat on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 8:38 AM

Right on campuscat!

This is money that could have and should have been used to help out our real KANSAS resident young men and women instead!

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 3:20 PM

Right on point campuscat and like2b_onree. I have personally witnessed some of the "fine young scholars" that were recruited for our athletic programs, and if I had a daughter, I wouldn't let her near them (much less look out the window at them). Let's keep our scholarship (tax)money close to home where it will do the most good.

-- Posted by pastoral on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 4:04 PM

campuscat, It is true that the football coach, athletic director, and administrators at the college were aware that these students were accepting needs-based scholarships from the institution.

The scholarship that they received, reviewed and signed had not one word about them coming to FSCC for football. The FSCC football coaches told the individuals that they were receiving a needs-based scholarship and would have the opportunity to tryout for the team.

The NJCAA found that the actions of these 17 students, going to their local papers to have their photo taken and supplying the newspaper with the information that they were signing to play football, showed that the players believed they were receiving a scholarship to play football.

The coaches were presenting a chance and the students took that to mean an actual offer. FSCC will take the ruling handed down by the NJCAA and move on from there.

In response to your comment about the football program and its expense, I have a copy of the credit hour report that shows the FSCC football program produces a large net. I cannot post the image of that report to this post, but would be happy to share it with anyone. It will be available in Hedges Administration Building.

If you have questions about FSCC, I would encourage you to ask them. The administration is making an effort to be open with the Fort Scott community. I would be happy to research your questions and respond. It is not always easy or advisable to start a dialogue with those that post anonymously, but if we are going to promote open communication, this is a good place to start. I do not intend to get into a back and forth with anyone on this board; that will not be constructive. I will also not discuss personnel or other confidential issues at FSCC, but am most welcome and willing to discuss issues that will help bring positive change to both the community and the college.

--Kathleen Hinrichs, Director of Public Relations, Fort Scott Community College, 620-223-2700.

-- Posted by FSCC PR on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 4:57 PM

Ms. Hinrichs: Is it your characterization that all 17 individuals somehow coincidentally misinterpreted the offer of the scholarships? Amazing! Why is the college being punished then? Frankly, that seems incredible, unless there were verbal promises, implications, or other statements made to them by the coaches that were not and could not be contained in the scholarship contracts they signed, but were understood by the indiviuals just the same. And as for your statement that the football program produces a large net, which I take you to mean a net profit, I just don't believe your figures. The college administration has proven itself unreliable in providing accurate accounting, as the faculty organization, currently at impasse in contract negotiations, is well aware. Let's have a truly independent audit confirm your contention.

-- Posted by campuscat on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 6:36 PM

Thank you campuscat and MyVoiceCounts.

Remember back to December, when 3 football players told the Trustees there were recruitment issues and several anonymous writers spewed hate that these players had the audacity to speak against Sims?

Well Sims is now the Indiana University "recruitment" director. (By the way, his picture is not on the university's webpage where those folks are listed so I'm kind of confused if he's really a Hoosier - which I'm hoping he's not). Sims knew what what going on, and got out while the getting was possible. He should be held accountable for his actions as the coach of the team. He lied repeatedly. Ethics use to matter.

Glad to see the PR blitz is taking this front and center, and commenting on this site. You might not agree with what she says, but I appreciate the attempt.

-- Posted by Hoosierfan on Wed, Aug 31, 2011, at 6:52 PM

"The NJCAA found that the actions of these 17 students, going to their local papers to have their photo taken and supplying the newspaper with the information that they were signing to play football, showed that the players believed they were receiving a scholarship to play football."

So the 17 students and their parents all misintrepeted what they were told?

I think I will believe the NJCAA and 17 students and their families.

I also think it is shameful that the FSCC has now thrown the 17 students "under the bus" and put the blame on them.

-- Posted by like2b_onree on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 10:54 AM

What to look at next.....could it possibly be how out-of-state students obtain in-state tuition? I know there are some issues there.....time to clean up FSCC and follow the rules like everyone else.

-- Posted by MyVoiceCounts on Thu, Sep 1, 2011, at 3:01 PM

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