LINCOLN, Neb. — The NCAA has put Nebraska on two years' probation and agreed to a self-imposed fine of $38,000 as part of an impermissible benefits case involving textbooks and school supplies.
The NCAA announced the penalty Wednesday, sparing Nebraska a stiffer punishment for what were determined to be major infractions across multiple sports over multiple years.
Nebraska reported the problem. In July, the school acknowledged that it had improperly distributed nearly $28,000 in textbooks and other school supplies to athletes from 2007-10.
The school proposed a fine of $28,000 payable to charity, not including the money student athletes gave to charities equaling the benefits they received. The probation will run through Jan. 31, 2014.