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WVU placed on two-year probation; coaches cited


Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart were both charged with failure to monitor compliance with NCAA legislation while at West Virginia in findings released Friday afternoon.

The case was decided via summary disposition, an NCAA process when all sides agree on the facts. The review is then submitted in written form. The NCAA said West Virginia exceeded the permissible limit of the number of coaches and staff members engaged in on- and off-field coaching activities. Both Rodriguez and Stewart agreed with the facts, according to the five-page report.

Rodriguez was not penalized. West Virginia proposed two years' probation, took away two scholarships for 2010-11 and one scholarship for 2011-12. Other internal restrictions were imposed upon football staff members.

Statement from athletic director Oliver Luck | NCAA news release

"Coach Rodriguez is pleased that the NCAA agreed with the findings that he and West Virginia proposed," said Scott Tompsett, Rodriguez's attorney. "He's looking forward to doing television work in the fall and resuming coaching next year."

Rodriguez will be an analyst for CBS Sports Network. was able to obtain a letter to Rodriguez from the NCAA that stated, "Although the committee did not impose sanctions upon you, your involvement in these violations will be available for review by any member institution ..." Specifically, Rodriguez' and Stewart's involvement stretched from 2005-06 to the fall semester of 2009 (Stewart only).

West Virginia received a notice of allegations in August, charging the school and coaches with five major and one secondary violation. Mountaineers' AD Oliver Luck said previously as a result of the case the school had implemented changes in compliance and NCAA rules adherence.

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