Ball State set to suspend 16 in ongoing probe

Updated: September 30, 2005, 1:27 AM ET
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Ball State suspended 16 players for Saturday's game at No. 21 Boston College in a continuing investigation of NCAA violations.

The university said in early September that 43 athletes in six sports improperly used a book loan program to obtain textbooks not required for their own courses or received improperly obtained textbooks from other players. The Cardinals suspended 13 players for the opener against Iowa.

The violations were discovered last spring and were reported to the NCAA, which has not yet taken action.

According to Ball State's official athletic Web site, players suspended or recommended for suspension pending NCAA approval include Cortlan Booker, Larry Bostic, Eddie Burk, Tom Kellar, Erik Keys, Amara Koroma, Blair Kramer, Temidayo Macarthy, Ryan McKee, Lavell Mosley, Todd Racine, Brad Salyer, Bryan Smith, Donta Smith, Bryan Williamson and Charles Wynn.

Wynn, the Cardinals' leading rusher this season with 126 yards in two games and Williamson, the top returning receiver from 2004 were suspended against Iowa. Defensive ends Booker and Macarthy and defensive tackle Kellar are also listed as starters on the preseason depth chart and were suspended for the season's first game.

"As soon as we became aware of irregularities with book loans for a few student-athletes for the 2004-05 academic year through regular business review, we chose to examine the records for all 186 student-athletes who received financial aid for books that year," athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in early September.

He said the NCAA reviewed a report by Ball State this summer and recommended expanding the investigation to previous years and with different types of records.

"We are working as quickly as we can to move ahead on their recommendations," Cunningham said.

Since the violations were discovered, Cunningham said, the university has tightened its policies on book loans, including a separate checkout counter for athletes.

Under the book loan program, athletes whose financial aid covers books for required courses receive books on loan from the university at the beginning of the semester. The books are returned to the bookstore at the end of the semester.

Ball State is 0-3 on the season, with a 56-0 loss to Iowa , a 40-31 loss to Bowling Green and a 63-3 drubbing at the hands of Auburn. Boston College is 2-1.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.