July 17, 2007
Valdosta - Valdosta State softball coach Thomas Macera has been hit with sanctions by the NCAA.
The sanctions are part of the NCAA's investigation of rules violations when Macera was the head softball coach at Lynn University in 2005.
There have been no NCAA rules violations with the Valdosta State softball program where Macera has been the head coach for the past two seasons.
Valdosta State athletic director Herb Reinhard says the University has agreed to enforce the NCAA sanctions against Macera.
Those sanctions are that Macera cannot recruit off campus for one year.
A penalty that will run through April 2008.
Macera is also banned from working at any softball camps for a two year period.
The NCAA says Macera gave two players at Lynn University more than three thousand dollars in cash and then intentionally provided false or misleading information during the investigation as well as tried to improperly influence the statement of a student athlete in the investigation.
The NCAA sanctions against Lynn include two years probation and vacating all of the team's 54 wins from the 2005 season including winning the NCAA Division II national championship.
Reinhard says Valdosta State learned of the NCAA investigation of Lynn University several months after Macera was hired in June of 2005.