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Faculty help nets Northern Illinois one-year probation

Updated: August 2, 2006, 10:34 PM ET
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DEKALB, Ill. -- The NCAA announced Wednesday it is placing Northern Illinois University on probation for one year after finding a faculty member had improperly bought a plane ticket and paid other expenses for a former women's basketball player.

The NCAA Division I Infractions Committee found the extra benefits provided between December 2003 and June 2004 totaled nearly $2,000.

The standard probation for such violations is two years, but the committee gave only one, saying ...

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