Two IUP teams on probation

Men's basketball and swimming take a hitROBERT MORRIS

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The IUP men's basketball program lost the equivalent of two athletic scholarships for the 2006-07 season while three other self-imposed penalties have been adopted by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions.

The committee also put the swimming program on probation for two years and reduced the number of scholarships after an investigation revealed that former coach Dave Caldwell forged signatures so a female swimmer could be paid $13.90 an hour for an on-campus job that was far above the $5.15 minimum wage. He also paid $1,365 for the expenses of three swimmers during a Florida trip in the 2004-05 season and allowed two academically ineligible swimmers to compete in a 2005 meet.

Caldwell resigned Jan. 31, 2006, three weeks after he was placed on administrative leave due to the NCAA investigation.

The self-imposed penalties for basketball were:

• Former basketball coach Gary Edwards was suspended with pay for two months in the fall of 2005. He resigned after the 2005-06 season.

• The contracts of Edwards' two assistants were not renewed.

• New coach Joe Lombardi, a former Pitt assistant hired last spring, and his staff had a limited number of off-campus recruiting days.

According to a university spokesman last night, the NCAA has no plans to punish the IUP program further if there are no infractions while on probation the next two years.

The infractions committee found out that Edwards tried to stretch scholarship money using false Pennsylvania addresses to enroll 14 basketball players so they could qualify for lower in-state tuition. Edwards also paid for textbooks for two student-athletes using the coach's account at the campus book store.

Edwards is now the coach at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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