ASU issues statement on NCAA investigation

ASU issues statement on NCAA investigation

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany State University's athletic programs are under investigation by the NCAA.

News of the investigation comes just over a month ahead of the kickoff to football season.

The investigation is confidential, and the school did not reveal which sport(s) may be under scrutiny.

Director of Athletics Sherie Gordon found the "possible" violations when she concluded an NCAA review.

The school announced the NCAA enforcement staff will have a joint investigation with ASU's outside counsel via press release Wednesday afternoon.

Here's the full statement from ASU.

Albany State University has conducted concurrent internal and external reviews of the athletics program and has reported possible violations of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) legislation to the NCAA.

ASU President Art Dunning tasked all new institutional leaders to formally assess all functions of their units. Sherie C. Gordon, director of athletics, conducted an NCAA review, which revealed possible violations. The university subsequently retained Buckner Sports Law Firm, a sports and education law firm, as outside legal counsel to assist with a comprehensive investigation into the possible violations. The NCAA enforcement staff has agreed to conduct a collaborative investigation with ASU’s outside counsel.

Dunning and the athletics leadership team recognize the importance of ensuring a culture of compliance. In concert with the NCAA investigation, ASU is working diligently to implement recommendations from the NCAA review to ensure the university builds a model and compliant Division II program. To protect the integrity of the ongoing joint inquiry, as well as to adhere to NCAA confidentiality rules, university officials will not comment further at this time.

Gordon is entering her second year as athletic director, and the Golden Rams are entering their second full year post-consolidation with Darton State College.

The Athletics Department added men's golf this past spring and women's soccer will have its inaugural season this fall.

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