Assistant coach implicated in fraud allegations

Updated: August 15, 2004, 5:23 PM ET
Associated Press

THIBODAUX, La. -- Nicholls State head football coach Daryl Daye has been fired over allegations of academic fraud involving players and an assistant coach, the school announced Sunday.

Daye was not implicated in the alleged fraud, but an investigation found he had failed to "maintain proper controls" of the assistant, according to a statement from the school.

"Clearly, when a member of the coaching staff engages in academic fraud, among the most serious of NCAA violations, someone must be held accountable," athletics director Rob Bernardi said. "The assistant coach who committed the fraud and the head coach who personally selected the assistant coach ... must be accountable in this situation."

The assistant also will be fired but his name was not immediately released because he had not been notified, university spokesman Michael Delaune said.

A message left at Daye's home was not immediately returned.

The investigation found questions involving the assistant's involvement in players' attempts to transfer summer credits from other institutions, Delaune said. He added the investigation is continuing.

Daye had a 19-36 record in five seasons at Nicholls of Division I-AA. The Colonels finished 5-6 in 2003, third in their conference.

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