Most significant college sports scandals

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  • Penn State football (2011): The school's sex abuse scandal shook the nation, as former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted in 2011 on 52 counts of child molestation dating from 1994 to 2009. President Graham Spanier was forced to resign, and Joe Paterno was fired, along with AD Tim Curley. On July 23, 2012 the NCAA imposed sweeping penalties to the program, including a fine of $60 million, a four-year postseason ban and vacating of all victories from 1998-2011. Paul Vathis, AP
  • Baylor basketball (2003): One of the saddest scandals ever broke out when Carlton Dotson murdered teammate Patrick Dennehy. It was later revealed that coach Dave Bliss was paying Dennehy's tuition and attempted to cover it up by portraying Dennehy as a drug dealer. The Associates Press
  • Colorado football (2004): Colorado was accused of using sex and alcohol to lure recruits to the school after several women reported they were sexually assaulted at parties. Katie Hnida, a former kicker, also said she was raped while on the team. The Associated Press
  • St. Bonaventure basketball (2003): Jamil Terell became a student at St. Bonaventure in March of 2002 but only earned a welding certificate from Coastal Georgia Community College and had no associates degree. After the news broke, school president Robert Wickenheiser resigned, board president Bill Swan later committed suicide and the Bonnies were postseason play in 2003. Van Breda Kolff was later exonerated of any wrongdoing. The Associated Press
  • USC football (2005): The Trojans were dealt a two year postseason ban and the loss of 30 scholarships over three years by the NCAA after it was reported that star running back Reggie Bush's parents received hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts including a house in Malibu. Bush surrendered his 2005 Heisman trophy. Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports
  • Southern Methodist football (1987): The NCAA hit SMU with the so-called "death penalty" for repeated infractions, shutting down the program for a year after concluding that the school continued to pay players, even after a 1985 promise to stop. SMU also chose not to play in 1988. The Associated Press
  • Georgia basketball (2001): Former head coach Jim Harrick and his son, Jim Jr., were caught paying players' expenses and provided higher grades to players in classes they rarely attended. The elder Harrick resigned and his son was fired in 2002. The Associated Press
  • Minnesota basketball (1999): It was revealed that Minnesota basketball coach committed major academic fraud for several years during his tenure. Former academic adviser Jan Gangelhoff admitted to writing over 400 papers for at least 20 players. In turn, the Golden Gophers eventually forfeited postseason wins between 1993 and 1998. That included the school's Final Four appearance in 1997. Haskins lost his job in light of the scandal and also was dealt a seven year show-cause penalty. (AP)
  • Michigan basketball (1990s): The "Fab Five" were known for revolutionizing college hoops. It was uncovered that booster Ed Martin had given large amounts of cash away, and the school eventually vacated five seasons and all its hardware. The Associated Press
  • Rutgers basketball (2013): Mike Rice was fired as head coach of the men's basketball team in April after video footage of him physically and verbally abusing his players was aired. Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti had viewed the tape and only suspended Rice three games and fine him $75,000. Julie Hermann replaced Pernetti as the school's athletic director and Eddie Jordan is now the program's coach. Jim O'Connor, USA TODAY Sports
  • Notre Dame football (2013): Irish linebacker Manti Te'o finished second in the Heisman voting. It was revealed that Lennay Kekua, Te'o's supposed girlfriend, never existed. Notre Dame defended Te'o, saying he was tricked and the program knew of the hoax since Dec. 26. Matt Cashore, USA TODAY Sports
  • Duke lacrosse (2006): Duke's lacrosse team made national headlines after an exotic dancer accused three players of rape. On April 11, 2007, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped the case against Reade Seligman, Collin Finnerty and David Evans. The Associated Press
  • With recent reports on the Oklahoma State football program alleging illegal benefits, a major presence of drugs and academic misconduct among other violations, USA TODAY Sports travels back in time to recall some of the most memorable scandals in college sports. USA TODAY Sports
  • Arkansas football (2012): Former coach Bobby Petrino was hurt in a motorcycle accident in which he said he was alone but it was later discovered that Jessica Dorrell, a former Razorbacks volleyball player, was with Petrino and he had an extramatrital affair. Petrino was fired, and now coaches at Western Kentucky. Beth Hall, USA TODAY Sports
  • Virginia lacrosse (2010): George Huguely was a midfielder for the Virginia Cavaliers men's lacrosse team. Huguely was found guilty for the murder of UVa women's lacrosse player Yeardley Love. Sabrina Schaeffer, AP
  • Several scandals have been the result of point-shaving. One of the biggest: In 1979, four Boston College hoops players were involved in fixing nine games. Another was one of the first in the 1950s, when the City College of New York (CCNY) won both the NIT and NCAA basketball championships, and it was revealed a year later that seven players conspired to shave points and seven schools in all were involved. Others: Kentucky (1950s and 1980s), Northwestern (1994) and Arizona State (1994). (AP)
  • Miami football (2011): 73 former Hurricanes players were implicated. Booster Nevin Shapiro, subsequently jailed for running a pyramid scheme, allegedly dispensed money, prostitutes, cars & vacations to the players. Shapiro said coaches and university officials knew of his gifts. In the 1980s, Luther Campbell was alleged to have been behind what was referred to as a "pay-for-play" system, which involved cash rewards for scoring touchdowns and big hits. Steve Mitchell, USA TODAY Sports
  • Ohio State football (2011): Coach Jim Tressel resigned after the NCAA found he knew and failed to report on a tattoos-for-jerseys deal with his players. That was followed by perhaps an even bigger scandal at the University of Miami in which jailed ex-booster Nevin Shapiro claimed he gave $2 million in benefits to 72 student-athletes. Mark J. Terrill, AP
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USA TODAY Sports travels back in time to recall some of the most memorable scandals in college sports.

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