UNC forfeits four 2002 games due to NCAA violation

Updated: August 12, 2003, 7:55 PM ET

GREELEY, Colo. -- Northern Colorado forfeited three wins and a loss from the 2002 football season Tuesday after the NCAA said the team used an ineligible player.

Quarterback Steve Cutlip was ineligible for academic reasons but played anyway, UNC spokesman Colin McDonough said. The Bears finished 12-2.

The Division II school sidelined Cutlip for a few games, including the playoffs. At the time, UNC officials blamed Cutlip's problem on "unresolved paperwork issues."

Cutlip is with the Bears again this season.

"Due to the complexity of the case, we appreciate the cooperation of the NCAA in bringing this case to a close as a secondary violation," UNC athletic director Jim Fallis said.

UNC forfeited wins against Western State, North Dakota and Minnesota State at Mankato, and a loss at Montana. The record will show the games' actual scores, but the records won't include the victories.

Cutlip transferred to Northern Colorado in 2001 after two years at Colorado State University. While at CSU, he was arrested four times and was suspended from the team for a season after a shoplifting arrest in August 2000.

In three games with the Bears last season, Cutlip was 26-for-43 for 431 yards and two touchdown passes. UNC lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Grand Valley State.

UNC begins Division I-AA football this season.

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