At least 25 involved in minor flap

Updated: May 14, 2005, 1:17 PM ET
Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. -- At least 25 Ball State athletes violated an NCAA rule by improperly getting textbooks through a loan program or from other players, the university said Saturday.

The school's investigation is expected to be finished by next week, and all violations will be reported to the NCAA, athletic director Bubba Cunningham said.

Under the loan program, athletes whose financial aid covers books for required courses receive them on loan from the university at the beginning of the semester. The books are returned when the semester ends. No cash was involved in any of the transactions investigated, Cunningham said.

The alleged violations involved players from four sports who used the program for textbooks not required for courses they were taking or by receiving the books from other players. The teams and the players weren't identified.

NCAA penalties for this type of violation are based on the dollar amount of the extra benefit. For violations under $100, athletes lose eligibility until they repay the money. For violations over $100, athletes must repay the money, petition to regain eligibility and lose a percent of season play based on the dollar amount of the violation.

In addition to any NCAA penalties, the athletes will face additional discipline by the university, Cunningham said.

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